The Crucible Act III, Scene 2 Summary and Analysis

Arthur Miller

Act III, Scene 2 Summary and Analysis

As Danforth considers the claim, he tells Proctor that his wife asserts she is pregnant. The men at first suspect Elizabeth has said this to prevent hanging. John, however, insists that Elizabeth would never lie. On this basis, Danforth offers to let Elizabeth go free until she has delivered. Even so, John cannot in good conscience drop his charge of fraudulence against the court. Danforth reads a deposition stating the good characters of Elizabeth, Rebecca, and Martha, which has been signed by 91 landholding Salem farmers. He then orders all 91 arrested for examination by the court.

Giles Corey has also written a deposition accusing Putnam of having his daughter cry witchery against...

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