Betty has fallen mysteriously ill. However, this is really her guilt at having been discovered dancing in the woods with the other girls and Tituba. Tituba is quiet worried about her Betty, for she is Parris's slave and has practically raised Betty. Tituba is also likely worried that her mysteriously illness might lead other to wonder what is causing it and that might lead into an investigation into what was going on in the woods. Of course, it was innocent tomfoolery; however, in the strict Puritan religious culture, it could be construed as witchcraft, which could lead to hangings. The rumor circulating about Betty is that she is under the spell of witchcraft, which is one reason the community is seeking Hale, who is an expert on witchcraft and leading trials.