The Crucible

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There are a number of significant quotes in this novel, but I would assume you need to cite them in accordance with specific themes; do you have any further details as to what these quotes should pertain to?

Power of the court

Balance of power


thats all i can think of

1) Justice

"They were murdered, Mr. Parris! And mark this proof! Last night my Ruth were ever so close to their little spirits; I know it, sir. For how else is she struck dumb now except some power of darkness would stop her mouth? It is a marvelous sign, Mr. Parris!" (Act 1)

MARY WARREN: And so I told that to Governor Danforth, and he asks her so. "Goody Osburn, " says he, "what curse do you mumble that this girl must fall sick after turning you away?" And then she replies- mimicking an old crone -"Why, your excellence, no curse at all. I only say my commandments; I hope I may say my commandments," says she!

ELIZABETH: And that's an upright answer.

MARY WARREN: Aye, but then Governor Danforth say, "Recite for us your commandments!"- leaning avidly toward them –and of all the ten she could not say a single one. She never knew no commandments, and they had her in a flat lie!

PROCTOR: And so condemned her?

MARY WARREN, now a little strained, seeing his stubborn doubt: Why, they must when she condemned herself.

PROCTOR: But the proof, the proof!

MARY WARREN, with greater impatience with him: I told you the proof. It's hard proof, hard as rock, the judges said. (Act 2)

This is where the court makes a decision regardless of the fact that they had no real evidence.


ABIGAIL, with a bitter anger: Oh, I marvel how such a strong man may let such a sickly wife be-

PROCTOR, angered-at himself as well: You'll speak nothin' of Elizabeth!

ABIGAIL: She is blackening my name in the village! She is telling lies about me! She is a cold, sniveling woman, and you bend to her! Let her turn you like a-

PROCTOR, shaking her: Do you look for whippin'? (Act 1)

ELIZABETH: John, with so many in jail, more than Cheever’s help is needed now, I think. Would you favor me with this? Go to Abigail.

PROCTOR, his soul hardening as he senses..: What have I to say to Abigail?

ELIZABETH, delicately: John-grant me this. You have a faulty understanding of young girls. There is a promise made in any bed-

PROCTOR, striving against his anger: What promise!

ELIZABETH: Spoke or silent, a promise is surely made. And she may dote on it now-I am sure she does-and thinks to kill me, then to take my place.

Proctor's anger is rising; he cannot speak.

ELIZABETH: It is her dearest hope, I know it. There be a thousand names; why does she call mine? There be a certain danger in calling such a name-I am no Goody Good that sleeps in ditches, nor Osburn, drunk and half-witted. She’d dare not call out such a farmer’s wife but there be monstrous profit in it. She thinks to take my place, John. (Act 2)


The Crucible