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Mary reveals that Goody Good is pregnant and will not hang. Why is this significant in the context of the play?
This fact shows that the Puritans believed in the innocence of a child.
Later in the play Elizabeth will be revealed to be pregnant and Mary's revelation gives the audience a hint at Elizabeth's fate.
The revelation shows that the judges were willing to grant mercy.
Mary is further seen as a reliable source of information after she reveals Goody Good's fate.
Proctor will now refuse to turn against the court since he sees that they are willing to spare some of the accused.