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What does the following conversation between Proctor and Mary Warren best demonstrate about life currently in Salem:

Mary Warren: I am bound by law, I cannot tell it. To Proctor: I only hope you'll not be so sarcastical no more. Four judges and the King's deputy sat to dinner with us but an hour ago. I - I would have you speak civilly to me, from this out.

Proctor, in horror, muttering in disgust at her: Go to bed. Mary Warren, with a stamp of her foot: I'll not be ordered to bed no more, Mr. Proctor! I am eighteen and a woman, how-ever single!

Proctor: Do you wish to sit up? Then sit up. Mary Warren: I wish to go to bed! Proctor, in anger: Good night, then! Mary Warren: Good night.


Characters are easily angered over trivial matters.


The girls in the play never back down.


Although they may have more power, the girls still bend in the to authoritative figures.


Being eighteen gives a citizen power to make his or her own decisions.


Mary Warren has become more powerful than Proctor.

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