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"The Crucible" -- Vocabulary from all 4 Acts

November 5, 2012
Learn these 85 words from Arthur Miller’s 1953 "The Crucible" -- a play that dramatized the late 17th century Salem witch trials and served as an allegory of McCarthyism.
persecute
He believed he was being persecuted wherever he went, despite his best efforts to win people and God to his side.
province
Salem had been established hardly forty years before. To the European world the whole province was a a barbaric frontier inhabited by a sect of fanatics who, nevertheless were shipping out products of slowly increasing quantity and value.
inhabit
Salem had been established hardly forty years before. To the European world the whole province was a a barbaric frontier inhabited by a sect of fanatics who, nevertheless were shipping out products of slowly increasing quantity and value.
creed
Their creed forbade anything resembling a theater or “vain enjoyment.”
somber
Which is not to say that h nothing broke into this strict and somber way of life.
indicate
That there were some jokers, however, is indicated by the practice of appointing a two-man patrol whose duty was to “walk forth in the time of God’s worship to take notice of such as either lye about the meeting hous, without attending to the word and ordinances, or that lye at home or in the fields without giving good account thereof, and to take the names of such persons and to present them to the magistrates, whereby they may be accordingly proceeded against.”
ordinance
That there were some jokers, however, is indicated by the practice of appointing a two-man patrol whose duty was to “walk forth in the time of God’s worship to take notice of such as either lye about the meeting hous, without attending to the word and ordinances, or that lye at home or in the fields without giving good account thereof, and to take the names of such persons and to present them to the magistrates, whereby they may be accordingly proceeded against.”
predilection
This predilection for minding other people’s business was time-honored among the people of Salem, and it undoubtedly created many of the suspicions which were to feed the coming madness.
maraud
It stood, dark and threatening, over r their shoulders night and day, for out of it Indian tribes marauded from time to time and Reverend Parris had parishioners who had lost relatives to these heathen.
heathen
It stood, dark and threatening, over r their shoulders night and day, for out of it Indian tribes marauded from time to time and Reverend Parris had parishioners who had lost relatives to these heathen.
conjure
Abigail: But we never conjured spirits.
faction
Parris: There is a faction that is sworn to drive me from my pulpit?
abomination
Abominations are done in the forest –
deference
A certain deference springs into him., although his worry remains.
conviction
Parris, with dwindling conviction now: A precaution only.
corruption
They will howl me out of Salem for such corruption in my house.
hysterical
Mary Warren, with hysterical fright: What’s got her?
partisan
He need not have been a partisan of any faction in the town, but there is evidence to suggest that he had a sharp and biting way with hypocrites.
calumny
In Proctor’s presence a fool felt his foolishness instantly – and a Proctor is always marked for calumny therefore.
pretense
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!
exude
Gentleness exudes from her.
defer
He defers to her.
prodigious
Rebecca: There is prodigious danger in the seeking of loose spirits.
abide
Parris: It is agreed, sir – it is agreed – we will abide by your judgement.
pursuit
Hale, with a tasty love of intellectual pursuit: Here is the invisible world, caught, defined, and calculated.
calculated
Hale, with a tasty love of intellectual pursuit: Here is the invisible world, caught, defined, and calculated.
afflict
Does someone afflict you, child?
evade
Hale: You cannot evade me, Abigail.
exaltation
Hale, with rising exaltation: You are God’s instrument put in our hands to discover the Devil’s agents among us.
enrapture
She is enraptured, and though in a pearly light.
falter
Elizabeth: John, if it were not Abigail that you must go to hurt, would you falter now?
magistrate
The magistrate sits in your heart that judges you.
pallor
Her strangeness throws him off, and her evident pallor and weakness.
compensate
When will you proceed to keep this house as you are paid nine pound a year to do -- and my wife not wholly well?
as though to compensate, Mary Warren goes to Elizabeth with a small rag doll.
brim
Mary Warren: They had Doctor Griggs examine er, and she's full to the brim.
marvel
But be that not a marvel?
traffic
You will never believe I hope, that Rebecca trafficked with the Devil
monstrous
No man may longer doubt the powers of the dark are gathered in monstrous attack upon this village.
daft
Proctor: I have never knew until tonight that the world is gone daft with this nonsense.
reckon
Proctor: I-- had not reckoned with goin' into court.
warrant
I have a warrant for your wife.
grapple
Now Hell and Heaven grapple on our backs, and all our old pretense is ripped away-- make your peace!
providence
It is providence, and no great change; we are only what we always were, but naked now.
monstrous
No man may longer doubt the powers of the dark are gathered in monstrous attack upon this village.
pretense
Now Hell and Heaven grapple on our backs, and all our old pretense is ripped away-- make your peace!
contention
Do you know, Mr. Proctor, that the entire contention of the state in these trials is that the voice of Heaven is speaking through the children?
vile
Parris: Excellency, you surely cannot think to let so vile a lie be spread in open court!
deceive
I have until this moment not the slightest reason to suspect that the children may be deceiving me.
deposition
This is Mary Warren's deposition.
vague
She swears now that she never saw Satan; nor any spirit, vague or clear, that Satan may have sent to hurt her.

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Sunday November 11th 2012, 9:35 PM
Comment by: Andre L.
great list!

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