The Crucible

How do Hathorne and Parris persuade Danforth to respond to the deposition that the list ninetyone supporters of Rebecca, Elizabeth, and Martha Corey?

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Proctor submits a deposition to Danforth signed by ninety-one citizens attesting to their good opinion of Rebecca, Martha Corey and Elizabeth. Parris demands that these ninety-one be summoned for questioning, and claims it is an attack on the court. Hale asks if every defense is an attack on the court, but Parris tells him that all innocent and Christian people are satisfied with the courts in Salem. Mary Warren begins to sob. Hathorne reads the deposition, and asks which lawyer wrote it, but Giles says that he wrote it. He has been a plaintiff in thirty-three court cases, and thus has great experience with the law. Hathorne's father even tried a case of Corey's.