A Play In Four Acts by Arthur Miller
JOHN PROCTOR--a sturdy Salem farmer in his middle 30's.
ELIZABETH PROCTOR--his wife, a cold and righteous woman.
ABIGAIL WILLIAMS--orphaned niece of the minister, formerly servant girl to the Proctors
MARY WARREN--a timid girl of 17, now working for them.
SUSANNA WALCOTT--who, with BETTY PARRIS and MERCY LEWIS, compromise a group of girl friends.
REVEREND PARRIS--the minister of Salem church, father of BETTY PARRIS--Abigail's cousin, sick in bed, "bewitched."
REVEREND JOHN HALE--of nearby Beverly, an expert on witches.
THOMAS PUTNAM--a grasping landowner and local politician.
MRS. ANN PUTNAM--his wife, convinced her infants died bewitched.
MERCY LEWIS--their fat, sly servant girl of 18.
DANFORTH-- deputy governor, in charge of the special court.
JUDGE HATHORNE--the Salem judge of the local court.
CHEEVER-- court clerk; HERRICK-- town marshal; and HOPKINS.
REBECCA NURSE--a respected old woman of 72 and integrity.
FRANCIS NURSE--her old husband, rich in acquired land.
GILES COREY--a powerful and independent old codger of 83.
SARAH GOOD--a disreputable old townswoman.
TITUBA--a slave woman and conjurer from the Barbados.
Time: in the American colonial period, 1692.
Place: in and near Salem, Massachusetts.
A NOTE ON THE HISTORICAL ACCURACY OF THIS PLAY
This play is not history in the sense in which the word is used by the academic historian. Dramatic purposes have sometimes required many characters to be fused into one; the number of girls involved in the "crying-out" has been reduced; Abigail's age has been raised; while there were several judges of almost equal authority, I have symbolized them all in Hathorne and Danforth. However, I believe that the reader will discover here the essential____________________