When Mrs Putnam enters she is “full of breath, shiny-eyed” and seeing that Betty is lying down, she grabs her chance to cause trouble and says, “It is surely a stoke of hell upon you. ” Straight away Parris replies “no goody Putnam. ” This indicates that the pace is quickening as Mrs Putnam is getting more excited. Putnam mentions that she has heard Reverend Hale of Beverly is coming; she reminds Parris that he was the one who “found a witch in Beverly. ” Parris denies any link between his issues and witch craft.
This shows that Parris is worried about his reputation and pleads with Putnam to stop mentioning witchcraft, “I, pray you, leap not to witchcraft. ” Abigail’s tone changes as she asks about Ruth’s health. The stage direction indicates this by saying, “with hushed trepidation. ” This shows she is frightened and realises the seriousness of the girls’ actions. Abigail tells Mercy she was seen “naked” in the woods by her uncle, Parris. Mercy instantly panics and the tension increases as she says “Oh, Jesus”.
The tension increases even more as Mary Warren enters and announces, “the whole county’s talkin’ witchcraft”. Thus showing that she is scared and knows that they are going to be accused, “they’ll be calling us witches”. Abigail thinks that the girls will give in and tell the truth. Tension rises again as the audiences see Abigail’s’ dangerous side when she threatens the girls if they inform, “I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you. “, confirming that she will go to any lengths to convince the girls from telling, even if she need to traumatise them.
The word “talkin'” indicates that the language is simple, short and effective when necessary. Thus giving the dialogue motion, as it is shows that the pace is quickening. The audience now sees the past relationship between Abigail and John Procter. Their relationship is suggested by the use of stage direction, actions and dialogue: Abigail looks at him wide-eyed; Abigail refers to his strength; she laughs nervously; she has a “winningly….. wicked air. ” There is clearly an unspoken bond between them.
However, John is curious about the mischief that Reverend Parris might be brewing. Abigail, on the other hand, is implying that he has come to see her, “you came five miles to see a flying girl? I know you better. ” This suggests how disturbed Abigail is, because always thinking about herself and not other people. She said that she was waiting for him every night, hoping that he will have sympathy for her, but, when Proctor moves “her firmly out of his path” she becomes angry. Stage direction reveals how angry Abigail is by saying “she can’t believe it”.
She thinks that Proctor is only “sportin'” with her. So far, Abigail has been seen as potentially violent and therefore dangerous. Her coarse references to Proctor’s passionate approaches- “I have a sense for heart”, “clutched my back” and “sweating like a stallion”- confirms the animal attraction she finds in him. Tension rises when Abigail mentions that he was cheating on wife. Proctor “angered- at him self as well” shouts that she, Abigail, will speak “nothing of Elizabeth! ” This incident with Abigail displays not only annoyance but the emerging dislike to her.