The Crucible

The crucibles

What was wrong with Betty in act one

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Betty's illness was not physical, but rather stemmed from fear. She became ill when her father discovered her dancing in the woods with Abigail, Tituba (the Parris' slave from Barbados) and several other local girls. Parris has sent for Reverend Hale of Beverly, who will confirm the possibility of an unnatural cause of Betty's illness, but he orders Susanna to say nothing of unnatural causes to others.