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John Proctor of Arthur Millers The Crucible is a highly respected man in Salem In Proctors presence a fool felt his foolisheness instantlyProctor respected and even feared in Salem the narrator adds Miller 20 He was a powerful man who disliked hipocrites and the presence of sin Before the play beginsJohn Proctor has an affair with Abigail Williams a previous house servant of his these actions contradicted his very own beliefs The narrator comments He is a sinneragainst his own vision of decent conduct Miller 20 Like John Proctor Arthur Dimmesdale of Nathaniel Hawthornes Scarlet Letter is also respected by his peers and followers He is decribed by the narrator like so Reverend Mr Dimmesdale young clergyman who had come from one of the great English universities bringing all the learning of the age into our wild forest land His eloquence and religious fervour had already given the earnest of high eminence in his profession He was a person of very striking aspect with a white lofty and impending brow largebrown melancholy eyes and a mouth which unless when he forcibly compressed it was apt to be tremulous expressing both nervous sensibility and a vast power of self restraint Notwithstanding his high native gifts and scholar-like attainments there was an air about this young minister an apprehensive a startled a half-frightened look as of a being who felt himself quite astray and at a loss in the pathway of human existence and could only be at ease in some seclusion of his own Therefore so far as his duties would permit he trod in the shadowy by-paths and thus kept himself simple and childlike coming forth when occasion was with a freshness and fragrance and dewy purity of thought which as many people said affected them like tile speech of an angelHawthorne 46 This passage shows the admiration the towns people have for him He is portrayed as a humble god fearing man The magistrates
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