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The Crucible

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Abigail's Dominance

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After the Putnams and Parris have finished their conversation and left the room, Abigail and the other young girls have a conversation regarding what they should do about Betty. Abigail ends the conversation by saying:

Now look you. All of you. We danced. And Tituba conjured Ruth Putnam's dead sisters. And that is all. And mark this. Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you.

And you know I can do it; I saw Indians smash my dear parent's heads on the pillow next to mine, and I have seen some reddish work done at night, and I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down!

Miller's primary purposes in including this passage include all the following EXCEPT:

A

To show that Abigail is domineering and the leader of the girls

B

To establish that what Reverend Parris saw in the forest did indeed happen

C

To show just how far Abigail will personally go if the girls reveal what happened in the forest

D

To reveal Abigail's personal history, which helps to explain her personality

E

To foreshadow how Abigail will control the girls throughout future events in the play