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Act Four takes place three months later in the town jail, early in the morning. Tituba, sharing a cell with Sarah Good, has gone insane from all of the hysteria, hearing voices and now actually claiming to talk to Satan. Marshal Herrick, depressed at having arrested so many of his neighbors, has turned to alcoholism . Many villagers have been charged with witchcraft; most have confessed and been given lengthy prison terms and their property seized by the government; twelve have been hanged; seven more are to be hanged at sunrise for refusing to confess, including John Proctor, Rebecca Nurse and Martha Corey. Giles Corey was tortured to death by pressing as the court tried in vain to extract a plea; by holding out, Giles ensured that his sons would not be disinherited. The village has become dysfunctional with so many people in prison or dead, and with the arrival of news of rebellion against the courts in nearby Andover , whispers abound of an uprising in Salem. Abigail, fearful of the consequences, steals Parris's life savings and disappears on a ship to England with Mercy Lewis.
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I wish it would say how many people actually died according to the play and how many people was put into prison...
In the two last acts, John Proctor has changed a lot. He is now a good husband devoted to his wife and who takes great care of her. He bravely takes enormous risks in this trial to save other people's wives while he could rescue himself and live peacefully with his family. John is responsible and courageous. He assumes the consequences of his acts and behaves well with the other people of the society as he is ready to die for them. John cannot be considered anymore as an outsider at the end of the book. Even though he was very arrogant and always managed to be apart, he really transformed himself into a good and altruistic man.