It says "Danforth, as though with new eyes, looks at Abigail" Why does Abigail claim a cold wind has struck her?
He sends the other girls out including Mary Warrenhis family's maid and confronts Abigail, who tells him that she and the girls were not performing witchcraft. Reverend Hale arrives and begins his investigation.
John knows their apparent possession and accusations of witchcraft are untrue, as Abigail told him as much when they were alone together in the first act, but is unsure of how to confess without revealing the affair. Danforth replies that given the "invisible nature" of witchcraft, the word of the accused and their advocates cannot be trusted.
Does his opinion of her seem changed? Hale is skeptical about the Proctors' devotion to Christianity, noting that they do not attend church regularly and that on of their three sons has not yet been baptized ; John replies that this is because he has no respect for Parris.
It is revealed that Abigail once worked as a servant for the Proctors, and that she and John had an affair, for which she was fired.
Parris is unhappy with his salary and living conditions as minister, and accuses Proctor of heading a conspiracy to oust him from the church. Eight days has passed between Act 1 and Act 2. Explain your answer with support from the text.
Cheever is unconvinced and prepares to arrest Elizabeth. Abigail coerces and threatens the others to "stick to their story" of merely dancing in the woods.
John refuses, saying he can only report on his own sins. In what ways has his opinion changed since Act Two?