1. A quotation which shows the conflict between Proctor and Parris.
I like it not that Mr. Parris should lay his hand upon my baby. I see no light of God in that man. I’ll not conceal it.
2. A quotation which shows Proctor’s rejection of Abigail.
Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time, but I will cut off my hand before I reach for you again. We never touched.
3. A quotation which shows Proctor’s sense of persecution by his wife.
Spare me! You forget nothin’ and forgive nothin.’ Learn charity, woman. I have gone tiptoe in this house all seven months since she is gone. I have not moved from there to here without I think to please you, and still an everlasting funeral marches round your heart. I cannot speak but I am doubted, every moment judged for lies, as though I come into a court when I come into this house!
4. A quotation which shows Elizabeth’s attitude to Abigail.
Question Abigail Williams about the gospel, not myself!
5. A quotation which shows Abigail’s attitude to Elizabeth.
My name is good in the village! Elizabeth Proctor is an envious, gossiping liar!
6. A quotation which shows Proctor’s shame at his affair with Abigail.
I have known her sir! I have known her… In the proper place where my beasts are bedded.
7. A quotation which shows Abigail’s motives.
She thinks to dance with me on my wife’s grave! And well she might, for I thought of her softly. God help me, I lusted, and there is a promise in such sweat. But it is a whore’s vengeance.
8. A quotation which shows the inflexible nature of the court.
You must understand, sir, that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between.
9. A quotation which shows Proctor’s attitude to the court.
A fire, a fire is burning! I hear the boot of Lucifer, I see his filthy face! And it is my face, and yours, Danforth! For them that quail to bring men out of ignorance, as I have quailed, and as you quail now when you know in all your black hearts that this be fraud—God damns our kind especially, and we will burn, we will burn together!
10. A quotation which shows Elizabeth sharing responsibility for the affair.
It needs a cold wife to prompt lechery.
11. A quotation which shows the importance of Proctor’s integrity to him
Because it is my name! Because I cannot have another in my life! Because I lie and sign myself to lies! Because I am not worth the dust on the feet of them that hang! How may I live without my name? I have given you my soul; leave me my name!
12. A quotation which shows Hale’s belief that he is qualified to judge at the trials.
John Proctor: These are heavy books.
Rev. John Hale: Well, they should be. They’re weighted with authority.
13. A quotation which shows that Proctor believes the Court, and the accusers, will be punished by God.
Hell and Heaven grapple on our backs, and all our old pretenses ripped away. God’s icy wind will blow.
14. A quotation which shows that Hale realises he has made a mistake.
It is mistaken law that leads you to sacrifice. Life, woman, life is God’s most precious gift; no principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it . . ..it may well be God damns a liar less than he that throws his life away for pride.
15. A quotation which shows the duplicitous nature of Salem.
There are wheels within wheels in this village, and fires within fires!