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Revelation Of A Mistaken Love: Aurthur Miller's The Crucible

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The Crucible pertains with many common issues during the colonial time such as religion and new beliefs. However, a much personal and relatable issue is John Proctor and Abigail Williams’ assumed amorous bond. Proctor and Abigail’s relationship is exceptionally vague yet, from various quotes simply in Act I, the contrary of a romantic relationship can be deducted. From all the quotes to choose from, most if not all, come to indicate that Abigail has a romantic interest in Proctor, while he continuously rejects her feelings.
Soon after everyone but Betty, Abigail, and Proctor have left Betty’s room to go either downstairs or elsewhere, Abigail and Proctor begin a conversation. While talking about her feelings, Abigail tells Proctor: “I am waitin’ for you every night.” Proctor quickly responds by saying: “Abby, I never give you hope to wait for me.” Abigail’s quote indicates that she waits for Proctor at night, most probably in bed. This comes to show that Abigail is, in effect, in love with Proctor because she is willing to wait for him every night. On the other hand, Proctor’s quick rejection response confirms that there was nothing going on with them. He does not hesitate before rejecting Abigail’s love. This signifies that he has one definite answer and always has and this answer has always been “No”.
Promptly following the previous quotes, comes this meaningful quote. Proctor, slightly angered and annoyed by Abigail’s insistence, says to her:” Wipe it out of your mind. We never touched, Abby.” This simple statement visibly shows that no matter how much Abigail’s insistence keeps on going, Proctor will always refuse. He is definitely not interested in Abigail, or else he would not...

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