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The Crucible Act 1 The play opens with Parris praying for Betty Tituba his black slave enters Parris brought her with him from Barbados where he used to be a merchant Tituba is frightened by Bettys sudden illness Abigail Williams Parriss niece enters and tells Parris that Susanna Walcott has arrived from Doctor Briggs Susanna says that the doctor can find no explanation for Bettys illness in his books but that Prris might look to unnatural things for the cause of it Parris is frightened and angered by this he is already unpopular in the town and he knows that he cannot afford to be associated with any suggestion of witchcraft Parris is shown as a miserable harsh man who thinks that everyone else should be as serious as he is He turns on Abigail and confronts her with the fact that he caught her Betty and the others dancing in the forest Abigail admits that they were dancing but says when you leaped out of the bush so suddenly Betty was frightened and then she fainted When Parris caught the girls Tituba was with them Tituba was waving her arms swaying over the fire and screeching her Barbados songs Despite Parriss accusations of witchcraft Abigail tells him that it were sport uncle She knows she is close to being found out and tries to claim that the girls activities were natural and innocent Parries thinks that he saw someone running naked through the woods but of course Abigail denies that anything like that went on during the night Parris asks his niece why she was dismissed from goody Proctors house and why she had said that she would never sit next to anything that had been so soiled by Abigail She replies to Parris by telling him that she was treated as a slave and will not have her face blackened for any of them Abigail looses her temper and calls
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