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John Proctor is well regarded in the town. Although he has lapses in judgment (his tryst with Abigail), Proctor sees what is happening in the town. John is content with his plot of land and fiercely private. Rev. Parris exists on rumours and innuendo. He is a greedy little man. He covets what is not his (firewood/ title to his house) and serves only to protect his interests. John Proctor calls him on this many times in the play. Proctor sees through Parris's hypocrisy and this makes Parris spiteful. When the hysteria breaks out, Parris would rather have a scapegoat and be done with the whole business. Witchcraft in his town reflects badly on him. Of course Proctor's wife Elizabeth is "named" which adds further conflict between the two men.