In Act 3 of The Crucible, with what does Giles Corey charge Thomas Putnam?

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In Act Three, Giles Corey gets kicked out of court for yelling that Thomas Putnam is attempting a land grab. In the vestry room, Giles Corey tells Deputy Governor Danforth that he has proof that Thomas Putnam is attempting to buy land from those citizens accused of witchcraft. Giles Corey then takes out a written deposition and says that an honorable citizen overheard Thomas Putnam telling his daughter to accuse George Jacobs of witchcraft. Putnam is aware that if George Jacobs hangs as a witch, he will forfeit his property. Being the wealthiest citizen in Salem, only Thomas Putnam will have enough money to buy the forfeited land. Unfortunately, Danforth insists that Giles Corey tell him the name of the citizen who overheard Thomas Putnam instructing his daughter to accuse George Jacobs of witchcraft. However, Giles refuses to name the man and is arrested.

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Giles goes to court to accuse Thomas Putnam of either conspiring with others, or directly charging people with witchcraft, in order to gain more land. Thomas is one of many who are capitalizing on the hysteria for their own gain. Abigail does not want land, but she wants John Proctor.

Giles is beside himself because his wife, Martha has been accused of witchcraft and is being held in jail. Giles feels somewhat responsible because he questioned her reading books he did not understand. However-Giles has a long history of legal issues with the people in the community. He has sued people many times. He is quite litigious, and this works against him.

The court is angry with his accusations, and literally throws him out of the room, where he will be dealt with later. When the court does turn their attention back to Gile's allegations against Putnam, he will be the one who ends up in jail.

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