The Crucible

Arthur Miller
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12) How does John Proctor know that the witchcraft isn’t real?

Abigail Williams tells John Proctor that the witchcraft is not real. After Reverend Parris finds Abigail, Betty Parris, and some other girls dancing in the woods, Betty becomes unresponsive. This makes the townspeople think witchcraft is involved, and the girls play along with the idea, accusing other townspeople of being witches. But when John mentions to Abigail—with whom he had an affair—the town’s belief that witchcraft is involved, she responds, “Oh, posh! We were dancin’ in the woods last night, and my uncle leaped in on us. [Betty] took fright, is all.”