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The Crucible

Arthur Miller
Summary

Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

11) What happens when Mary Warren tells the court the truth about the girls acting bewitched?

When Mary Warren tells the court the truth that the girls were just pretending that they were being affected by witchcraft, she is challenged by Parris, Hathorne, and Danforth, and she is intimidated by the other girls. Mary explains that she fainted because she thought she saw spirits. Hathorne responds, “How could you think you saw them unless you saw them?” To combat Mary’s revelation, Abigail stirs up the other girls to act as though Mary is trying to bewitch them. The tension of the scene and hysteria of the girls mount until Mary cracks under the pressure and accuses John Proctor of threatening to murder her if she didn’t try to help him overthrow the court.