Parris and the Putnams leave. Mary Warren, a fellow woods dancer, informs the girls that they are suspected of witchcraft. We also discover that Abigail drank a charm to kill Goody Proctor. Abigail threatens to kill anyone who mentions that little drinking a charm to kill Goody Proctor incident.
John Proctor enters the dwelling and yells at his servant, Mary Warren, who was not supposed to leave the house. He knows the girls are being foolish. The girls leave, except for Abigail, who tells Proctor she waits for him at night. Abigail used to be the Proctor's servant until Mrs. Proctor discovered her husband had a sexual encounter with her out in the barn. In Salem, having an affair with the boss's husband got you fired quickly. Proctor emphatically asserts the affair is over, even if he still has kind feelings for her.
Meanwhile, Parris leads the townspeople in a hymn downstairs, at which time Betty decides to start screaming and covering her ears. A bunch of people run in, including Rebecca Nurse, who calms the girl down. Bickering ensues. There's a lot of bickering in this town. Proctor tells Parris he shouldn't have called Reverend Hale, fearing it would only cause more discord; Parris warns Proctor to obey his authority; Parris and Giles Corey argue about firewood, yea, firewood, because when your 10-year old daughter is near death, there's nothing more important than firewood; the Putnams just like arguing, so they join in. They particularly don't like Francis Nurse or John Proctor.
Reverend Hale arrives. Nothing like bringing in an expert on witchcraft to flame the fires of paranoia. Reverend Hale thinks he's pretty smart with all his books and theories on witchery. Hale listens to the story about the girls dancing in the woods, about the death of seven Putnam children, and about frogs jumping into kettles. Attention then turns to the Parris' slave, Tituba, who is counseled by Hale to open herself to God. Tituba confesses and accuses two of the town's outcasts of being witches. Abigail, not wasting an opportunity to avoid being hanged, starts shouting names of witches along with Betty.