The Crucible

Arthur Miller
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Key Questions and Answers

Summary Key Questions and Answers

10) Why doesn’t John Proctor attend church often?

The primary reason John Proctor rarely attends church is that he doesn’t like Reverend Parris. John complains that Parris is too concerned with his own wealth, stating, “Parris came, and for twenty week he preach nothin’ but golden candlesticks until he had them.” John is also unhappy with the substance of Parris’s sermons. He says, “I have trouble enough without I come five mile to hear him preach only hellfire and bloody damnation.” John also explains to Reverend Hale that he stayed at home on Sundays during the winter because his wife, Elizabeth, was sick.