Itīs the spring of 1692. The whole village of Salem is is an uproar. The Reverend Samuel Parrisī daughter Betty wonīt wake up, and the Putmansī little Ruth is walking around like a zombie.The night before, Reverend Parris had heard a funny noise in the woods outside his house, and stumbledonto a frightening scene: his black slave Tituba was waving her arms over a boiling kettle, muttering wild-sounding gibberish, and around the fire a dozen girls were dancing- dancing,strictly forbidden by Puritan law. When he jumped out on them, Betty fainted and now wonīt wake up.
His house is buzzing with people, and every other word is "witchcraft".Reverend Parris doesnīt want to believe it and sents for an expert,Reverend Hale of the neighbouring village of Beverly.He tries to wake Betty but fails and so continues questioning the other girls and especially Tituba which is so scared that she realizes the only way out will be "confess". She and Abigail get carried away and beginn to name others that they "saw with devil".
In the next few days other girls are added to their number and an official court has been set up. John Proctor
is particularly woried about Abigail Williams, who has become the girlīs ringleader. Abigail had been his maidservant before Mary Warren and when his wife, Elizabeth, fell ill, he had turned to her in his loneliness, and at least made love to her once in the barn.when he confessed this to his wife she immediately was put out of the house.Now Proctor is afraid and because he doesnīt believe in witches, decides to go to court and denounce her. But before he can leave his wife is arrested because Abigail has "cried her out".
By now jail is bursting with "witches", and no one seems safe.Soon Proctor is hauled off to jail as well because he "witched" Marry Warren who says this under the pressure of Abigail and the other girls.... Continues...