Elizabeth too gains a clearer vision of both her husband, of
Salem, and of the world. She is hurt by John's infidelity and
understandably lashes out at him. In Act Two, she realizes
she has been too trusting, if a bit disingenous: "I do not
judge you. The magistrate that sits in your heart judges
you. I never though you but a good man, John -- with a
smile -- though somewhat bewildered."
By the final act, Elizabeth realizes that her love, as well as
John and her own true blamelessness, is no salvation. But she
has gained a true vision of herself and her relationship with
her husband. She regrets her own failings, confessing to
John: "John, I counted myself so plain, so poorly made,
no honset love could come to me! Suspicion kissed you when I
did; I never knew how I should say my love. It were a cold
house I kept."
This "confession" shows just how much Elizabeth has grown and
makes her a round, rather than a static, character.