By Harold Bloom
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- An introductory essay by way of Harold Bloom.
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After this outburst, Elizabeth says she will go, and Proctor is warned that there are nine men outside to help with the arrests. Proctor again appeals to Hale that she should not be taken, and when Hale starts to reply that the courts are just, Proctor yells, “Pontius Pilate! ” Elizabeth is severely shaken, and Proctor promises to get her out of jail as soon as she leaves the house. When he hears clanking chains, he chases after the men, cursing them and yelling that they cannot chain her. Now Corey berates Hale, “And yet silent, minister?
Hale finally is impressed with Proctor, yet he brings up one more point, which is whether Proctor believes in witches at all. This time, though, Hale is disturbed by Elizabeth’s answers, and her husband stands up for her. Hale prepares to leave, but now Giles Corey is in the doorway and tells them his wife has been taken to jail. Directly behind him is Francis Nurse, whose wife has also been arrested. “They’ve surely gone wild now, Mr. ” Elizabeth proclaims, and the others turn to Hale as well, desperate for help.
This is a good enough answer for Hathorne, who runs off with joy, yelling down the hallway. Proctor and Elizabeth are left alone again for just a few moments, and Proctor says he knows Elizabeth would never confess. “You would not; if tongs of fire were singeing you you would not! It is evil. ” Danforth enters with Parris, Hale, and Cheever, and Cheever prepares to take Proctor’s statement. Proctor questions why it must be written and is told that the statement will be posted on the church door.