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Its the spring of 1692 The whole village of Salem is in an uproar The Reverend Samuel Parris daughter Betty wont wake up and the Putnams 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 stumbled onto 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 Among the girls were Betty and Ruth and his niece Abigail Williams When he jumped out on them everyone screamed and ran all except Betty who fainted dead away And now she wont wake up The house is buzzing with people and every other word is witchcraft Reverend Parris doesnt want to believe it but hes sent for an expert just in case- the Reverend John Hale of the neighboring village of Beverly When Hale arrives he tries to wake Betty but she remains lifeless Then he questions Abigail and Tituba Some of the other village folk who look on are skeptical about witchcraft especially John Proctor whose serving girl Mary Warren had been with the girls the night before Whip the nonsense out of them Proctor suggests Another doubter is old Rebecca Nurse twenty-six times a grandma who believes the girls are just going through one of their silly seasons But Reverend Hales questions are so sharp and Tituba is so scared for her beloved Betty that she blurts out that she was conjuring the dead And when Hale presses her she realizes her only way outbegins to name others that she saw with the Devil Soon Abigail is swept up in Titubas ecstatic confession and she too names names Betty wakes up and joins them In the next few
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