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It´s the spring of 1692. The whole village of Salem is is an uproar. The Reverend Samuel Parris´ daughter Betty won´t wake up, and the Putmans´ 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 won´t wake up.
His house is buzzing with people, and every other word is "witchcraft".Reverend Parris doesn´t 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 girl´s 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 doesn´t 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.
By Oktober, John Proctor and seven others are to hang while other towns have risen up against their witch courts and overthrown them. Despite rising doubt in the town, Danforth and Hathorne refuse to call off th executions, because such an action will imply that they murdered the 11 that have already hanged. the only hope is that J.Proctor conefesses but he realizes that they want to use his name to save their own skins and so rips
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