The Question and Answer section for The Crucible is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
This is a pretty detailed question. I can make a general statement. The community has factions within it that are always at odds with each other. It, however, functions without people being injured or killed. Once the witch hysteria begins,...
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Abigail is manipulative and dramatic. Her oulandish claims also validate Hale and the witch court for being in Salem in the first place.