Deputy Governor Danforth speaks with imperious authority. To demonstrate his power, he asserts rhetorically,
"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 in his courtroom, making this completely clear to Giles in admonishing,
"Now sit you down and take counsel with yourself, or you will be set in the jail until you decide to answer all questions...this is a court of law...I'll have no effrontery here!" (Act III).
Abigail's influence stems from her skill in…