Act I, Scene 3 Summary and Analysis
Reverend John Hale: minister from Boston, who is summoned to determine if there is witchcraft in Salem
A short narrative section discusses Reverend Hale’s arrival and some theology involving the devil. Hale then listens to an account of the events that have taken place and consults the large books about witchcraft that he has brought with him. Rebecca makes it clear that she strongly disapproves of this effort to seek the devil, and exits. Giles, however, is caught up in the appearance of greatness. He asks Hale why his wife reads strange books and why the reading of them seems to stop his prayers. Another narrative points out that Giles has only...
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