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Quotes on Power (Acts III to IV)

Deputy Governor Danforth speaks with imperious authority. To demonstrate his power, he asserts
"Near to four hundred are in the jails from Marblehead to Lynn, and upon my signature...and
seventy-two condemned to hang by that signature" (Act III).

Danforth tolerates no opposition…

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Act 3 is a tremendously important part in the play, as if it went differently, the
hysterics could have ended. The setting is the 'vestry room' of the Salem meeting house. It
is described as, "Empty, but for sunlight pouring through two high windows in the back wall".
This sunlight…

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Abigail William's actions are crucial to the development of the play. It is her
accusations that lead to the death of innocent people. She becomes extremely jealous of
Elizabeth and uses her power to rid herself of John's wife and others who may have insulted
her in the past. She…


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