The Crucible and Mrs. Putnam

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Directions: As you read the play on your own, choose two quotes from each act and write a few (at least 3) sentences about their significance to the play. Think about themes, characterization, important plot elements, symbolism, etc. as you write about each quotation’s significance. Provide the quote on the blog. Respond two at least two classmates’ posts (from any Act) before the assigned date.

Act One QUOTATIONS
1."Now look you, child, your punishment will come in its time." (Parris to Abigail) 2."Your name in the town - it is entirely white, is it not?" (Parris to Abigail) 3."They want slaves, not such as I. Let them send to Barbados for that. I will not black my face for any of them!" (Abigail to Parris about why she is being discharged by the Proctors) 4."How high did she fly, how high?" (Mrs. Putnam to Parris) 5."I'd not call it sick; the Devil's touch is heavier than sick. It's death, y'know, it's death drivin' into them, forked and hoofed." (Mrs. Putnam to Parris) 6."Thomas, Thomas, I pray you, leap not to witchcraft. I know that you - you least of all, Thomas, would ever wish so disastrous a charge laid upon me. We cannot leap to witchcraft. They will howl me out of Salem for such corruption in my house." (Parris) 7."Gah! I'd almost forgot how strong you are, John Proctor!" (Abigail) 8."I have seen you since she [Elizabeth Proctor] put me out; I have seen you nights...I have a sense for heat, John, and yours has drawn me to my window." (Abigail) 9."Abby, I may think of you softly from time to time. But I will cut off my hand before I'll ever reach for you again. Wipe it out of mind. We never touched, Abby." (John Proctor) 10."I never knew what pretense Salem was, I never knew what lying lessons I was taught by all these Christian women and their covenanted men!" (Abigail) "The psalm! The psalm! She cannot bear to hear the Lord's name! (Mrs. Putnam about Betty) 11."There is prodigious danger in the seeking of loose spirits."...
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