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The Crucible

Arthur Miller
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Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

7) What causes tension between John and Elizabeth Proctor?

John Proctor’s past infidelity with Abigail Williams causes continued tension between John and Elizabeth Proctor. John feels Elizabeth’s lingering suspicions and thinks she is not sufficiently forgiving. In a heated moment, John says to Elizabeth, “You forget nothin’ and forgive nothin’. Learn charity, woman.” But Elizabeth wants John to make sure that Abigail understands that there is no hope of John and Abigail being together ever again. Elizabeth believes that Abigail is holding onto a promise—spoken or unspoken—made between Abigail and John that would make Abigail want to have Elizabeth killed in order to take her place.