The Crucible


Describe the dramatic note upon which act 1 ends.

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Act I ends with the hysterical cries and accusations of the young girls against the townspeople....... against their neighbors. The girls in unison calling out the names of the accused and indelibly linking them to witchcraft..... to the devil, and Hale calling for the marshal to bring irons.

As she is speaking, Betty is rising from the bed, a fever in her eyes, and picks up the chant.

Betty, staring too: I saw George Jacobs with the Devil! I saw Goody Howe with the Devil!

Parris: She speaks! He rushes to embrace Betty. She speaks!

Hale: Glory to God! It is broken, they are free!

Betty, calling out hysterically and with great relief: I saw Martha Bellows with the Devil!

Abigail: I saw Goody Sibber with the Devil! It is rising to o great glee.

PutNAM: The marshal, I’’ll call the marshal! Parris is shouting a prayer of thanksgiving.

BETTY: I saw Alice Barrow with the Devil! The curtain begins to fall.

Hale, as Putnam goes out: Let the marshal bring irons!

Abigail: I saw Goody Hawkins with the Devil!

BeTTY: I saw Goody Bibber with the Devil!

Abigail: I saw Goody Booth with the Devil! On their ecstatic cries


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