Act IV, Scene 2 Summary and Analysis
The judges decide to bring John and Elizabeth together, hoping that his pregnant wife will soften John’s resolve. When Elizabeth arrives, Hale pleads with her to convince her husband to confess and save his life. John is dragged in and the two are left alone.
Elizabeth reveals that a hundred or more of the accused have confessed and gone free. The two weigh the merits of confession against the value of remaining in the truth. When Hathorne returns for his answer, John asserts that he wants his life. As Hathorne cries out the news, John immediately doubts his decision, struggling with the evil of the lie.
Discussion and Analysis
By this point, Hale’s...
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