10 Important Abigail Williams Quotes And Meanings From The Crucible

The accusation quotes in 'The Crucible' can make you wonder about someone's character.

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The play 'The Crucible' is written by Arthur Miller, it is a fictional story of the famous Salem Witch Trials.

The story follows a young girl called Abigail Williams who spreads false information about the wife of John Proctor, whom she loved. Together she and other characters tell the story of the witchcraft that is allegedly carried out by John Proctor's wife, Elizabeth Proctor.

These accusations led to the trials and arrest of more than 200 villagers and resulted in 19 deaths. 'The Crucible' is a very well written play, which  uses different forms  of language to showcase the true seventeenth century lifestyle of people, and how they acted when fear set in.

The term 'witch hunt' became a metaphor used by people when the government hunted for suspected communists in the mid-20th century, and in his 1953 play 'The Crucible', playwright Arthur Miller used the fictionalized account of the Salem Witch Trials to show how these accusations affected the views of people.

So, if you are looking for Abigail quotes from 'The Crucible', important quotes from 'The Crucible', quotes about fear, quotes about hysteria and famous quotes from 'The Crucible', you are in the right place! This list of character quotes from 'The Crucible' covers all this and more.

If you like these 'The Crucible' character quotes, you can also check out these  'The Crucible' quotes and 'The Scarlet Letter' quotes too.

Abigail Williams Quotes

'The Crucible' is all about witchcraft.

Abigail from 'The Crucible' is the villain of the play. She is a complex character who wants to be in a relationship with a married farmer, John Proctor. When she is unable to get what she wants she raises suspicion towards John Proctor and Elizabeth Proctor for practicing witchcraft. Below we have gathered some 'The Crucible' quotes about Abigail and John Proctor, quotes that display some of Abigail Williams' character traits, and some Abigail Williams character analysis under each quote. So, what are you waiting for? Keep on reading these wonderful and spine-chilling quotes about witchcraft, Abigail Williams and more!

1. "There be no blush about my name… [Elizabeth Proctor] hates me, Uncle, she must, for I would not be her slave. It’s a bitter woman, a lying, cold, sniveling woman, and I will not work for such a woman!"

-Abigail Williams, Act One.

This quote is in the first act of the play. Abigail directs these lines at her Uncle, the Reverend Parris, who is comforting Williams about the way she acted at the Proctors’ farm. She was working as the maid and made unwanted advances towards John. However, she denies everything and blames Elizabeth entirely.

2. “A wild thing may say wild things.”

— Abigail Williams, Act One.

In this quote from the first act, the author Arthur Miller reveals that Abigail is unstable and she will go to any length to be together with John Proctor. In the first act the couple do have an affair, but John later rejects Abigail's advances, which set the events of the trial in motion.

3. "I want to open myself!... I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the Devil; I saw him, I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil! I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil! I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil!"

-Abigail Williams, Act One.

At the end of the first act, one of the characters has confessed to witchcraft. Tituba makes a false confession and it is accepted that she practices witchcraft. However, Abigail sees this false confession as a way out of her problems. Once she confesses, as seen in this quote, this she sees it as a way of condemning both the Proctors to death.

4. "Uncle, we did dance; let you tell them I confessed it—and I'll be whipped if I must be. But they're speakin' of witchcraft. Betty's not witched."

- Abigail Williams, Act One.

In this quote, the author Arthur Miller lets readers know that the girls and Abigail were involved in many activities in the woods, including dancing, but she does not confess to witchcraft here.

Foreboding Quotes By Abigail Williams

How many of these Abigail Williams quotes do you know?

Abigail's character regularly shows threatening and foreboding sides. She is described as a selfish and manipulative character, find out why with these 'The Crucible' fear quotes and hysteria quotes in 'The Crucible'.

5. "And mark this. Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you."

- Abigail Williams, Act One.

In court Abigail threatens the Tituba. Through this quote, the author reveals how unstable Abigail is and even lets on that she could lead to some cataclysmic events later in the play.

6. "Abigail: But we never conjured spirits.

Parris: Then why can she not move herself since midnight? This child is desperate!... Let me know what you done there. Abigail, do you understand that I have many enemies? "

-'The Crucible', Act One.

In this quote, the author shows that Abigail tells her uncle that she and girls never conjured any magic. She makes him believe that they were just playing in the woods. But she also tells this to save herself from being blamed for witchcraft. Parris' anxieties about the accusations of witchcraft are evident in his response.

7. “I don’t my duty pointing out the Devil’s people—and this is my reward? To be mistrusted, denied, questioned like a –"

-Abigail Williams, Act Three.

In these lines Abigail presents herself as the victim. She makes it appear as though she has been the victim all along, and the readers see her here as a manipulating and conniving woman. This contrasts with the fact that she actually goes on to threaten Danforth after this line.

8. "I never knew what pretense Salem was, I never knew the lying lessons I was taught by all these Christian women and their covenanted men! And now you bid me tear the light out of my eyes? I will not, I cannot! You loved me, John Proctor, and whatever sin it is, you love me yet!"

- Abigail Williams, Act One.

The quote is one of the most memorable Abigail quotes from 'The Crucible'. Abigail Williams delivered this quote in her conversation with John Proctor. The lines refer to her past love affair with Proctor, who she feels has now wronged her and she wants to get revenge for this.

9. "I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down!”

- Abigail Williams, Act One.

In these lines, Abigail threatens Tituba. She tells her that she will not allow Tituba to ruin her reputation. This quote reveals how much she is willing to do to protect herself, it is one of the most heart wrenching quotes of fear in 'The Crucible'.

10. “Think you to be so mighty that the power of Hell may not turn your wits?  Beware of it!”

- Abigail Williams, Act Three.

These lines are said by Abigail Williams in court and they are directed towards Danforth. She says these words when she realizes that she is losing her power. She wanted John to cave and blame everything on his wife so that she can live with him happily, but she did not get that. In the end, John decided that he would not cave and accept the accusation of witchcraft. In these lines Abigail Williams is threatening Danforth, showing a dark side to her character.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Abigail Williams quotes from 'The Crucible', then why not take a look at these 'A Doll's House' quotes, or [Margaret Atwood quotes] for more?


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