The Crucible

When asked why Abigail was dismissed. What does Elizabeth say and why?

Act 3, short answer

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Elizabeth said only that she was dissatisfied with her. She lied to protect her husband.

Elizabeth says Abigail displeased her and then that she felt that maybe her husband was "turning" from her. She does not say that he was indeed unfaithful because she is trying to protect his reputation.