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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:


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


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


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


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


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

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