“I have seen marvels in this court. I have
seen people choked before my eyes by spirits; I have seen them stuck by pins
and slashed by daggers.”
The reader already knows that all these irregular events are set up by Abigail. Though Danforth does not know this so he sides with her.
“In her life, sir, she have never lied. There are them that cannot sing, and
them that cannot weep – my wife cannot lie.”
John Proctor say that his wife can’t lie only for her to come out and lie about why Abigail was dismissed from their service.
“…Why did you dismiss Abigail
“She – dissatisfied me….. And my husband. “
We, the reader, already know that John Proctor committed adultery, and admitted it, but Elizabeth does not so she lies to protect him.
“Oh, Mary, this is a black art to
change your shape. No, I cannot, I cannot stop my mouth; it’s God’s work I do. “
Oppose to what Abigail is saying she is actually doing the exact opposite. Instead of doing God’s work she is doing the Devil’s work.
“A fire is burning! I hear the boot of Lucifer, I see his filthy face!”
He is calling the people on court, who believe to be doing God’s work, Lucifer for not considering the the girls are lying.