The Crucible

What does Mary Warren bring home to Elizabeth Proctor? What is the significance of this gift?

The Crucible Act II

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Mary Warren makes this doll for Elizabeth leaving a needle in it. At dinner that evening, Abigail collapsed from pain It is was discovered that she had a needle stuck in her. The poppet was supposed to be a gift from Mary but we sense the whole thing was devised by Abigail to bring down Elizabeth. The poppet demonstrates that Abigail Williams is more villainous than earlier indicated. In the first act she behaved solely out of self-interest. She was ready to do harm to others, but only to save herself. However, in this instance she purposely frames Elizabeth Proctor out of revenge, planting the poppet as a means to engineer Elizabeth's murder. This event even breaks the icy exterior of Elizabeth Proctor, who deems that Abigail must be "ripped out of the world."