The Crucible

the doctor was called because Betty would not

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The doctor was called because Betty wouldn't or couldn't wake up.

SETTING: A bedroom in Reverend Samuel Parris’ house, Salem, Massachusetts, in the Spring of the year, 1692. As the curtain rises we see Parris on his knees, beside a bed. His daughter Betty, aged 10, is asleep in it.


ABIGAIL: Uncle, we did dance; let you tell them I confessed it. But they’re speakin’ of witchcraft; Betty’s not witched.
PARRIS: Abigail, I cannot go before the congregation when I know you have not been open with me. What did you do with her in the forest?
ABIGAIL: We did dance, Uncle, and when you leaped out of the bush so suddenly, Betty was frightened and then she fainted. And there’s the whole of it.


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