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The Crucible Act One Reverend Parris discovers his niece Abigail his servant Tituba and many other women from the town of Salem Massachusetts dancing around a kettle in the forest The next morning Betty Parris daughter of Reverend Parris does not wake up when called and cannot be woken up by any medical means Witchcraft is suspected by many of the townspeople but Reverend Parris is not so quick to label this as the cause seeing that both his daughter and his niece were among those in the woods He believes that witchcraft proven to be in his family would ruin his reputation and threaten his status in the town Abigail denies any part in witchcraft and tries to convince her uncle that the dancing in the forest was nothing but a harmless social gathering in witch no spirits were conjured and their was no calling of the devil Abigail sticks to that story until it is forced out of her Only then does she feel it a necessity to admit witchcraft was a part of their dance She doesnt admit she is a witch rather that Ruth and Tituba were The Putnams are the next to enter the play Goody Putnam had lost seven children to birth and her only surviving daughter Ruth was not able to wake just like Betty Parris She was among those in the forest Both Putnams are quick to blame a witch for what has happened to Ruth and for what has happened to them in the past Parris still fights the idea of witchcraft but is getting closer to accepting it as truth Through the conversations between Abigail Betty Mercy Lewis and Mary Warren it becomes known that not only was their witchcraft practiced in the forest but also Abigail drank a charm to kill Goody Proctors wife Beth at one point even runs toward the window and gets one foot out before she is pulled
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