The Crucible

Arthur Miller
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Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

6) What is Reverend Parris’s biggest concern?

Reverend Parris is most concerned with being highly regarded and treated well. He says to his niece, Abigail Williams: “I have fought here three long years to bend these stiff-necked people to me, and now, just now when some good respect is rising for me in the parish, you compromise my very character.” Parris is worried that his career in Salem as the town’s minister is in jeopardy because his daughter Betty, his maid Tituba, and his niece Abigail have seemingly practiced witchcraft. He is also concerned with getting paid sufficiently well and complains that he has not been provided with firewood. In response to Parris’s complaints, John Proctor observes, “Mr. Parris, you are the first minister ever did demand the deed to his house[.]”