The Crucible

What revelation does Mary make about Elizabeth's reputation? How does this disclosure serve to make a quarrel between Elizabeth and John even more heated?

What does Mary say about Elizabeth's reputation? And how does this effect the conflict between Elizabeth and John

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Mary explains that Elizabeth has been mentioned in court that day. The audience is well aware that Elizabeth is not a witch, but it serves to begin a quarrel between John and Elizabeth. John, an adulterer retains his honor, whereas, his wife is left to defend her own.