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At the end of Act III in Arthur Miller's The Crucible, what evidence is there that Reverend Hale no longer believes the testimony and crying out of the...

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Toward the end of act 3, John Proctor ruins his reputation by admitting that he committed adultery with Abigail Williams in the hope that his confession will undermine her authority over the court and Salem's community. Deputy Governor Danforth then makes John and Abigail turn around as Elizabeth Proctor enters the scene. He then asks Elizabeth if her husband committed adultery, and she lies on his behalf in hopes of preserving his reputation, which ironically dooms him. When Danforth places John Proctor under arrest and removes Elizabeth from the room, Reverend Hale interrupts the court by saying,

"I may shut my conscience to it no more - private vengeance is working through this testimony! From the beginning this man has struck me true. By my oath to Heaven, I believe him now...I believe him! [Pointing at Abigail] This girl has always struck me false! She has—" (Miller, 115).

Abigail and her followers suddenly begin acting frantic and behaving like Mary Warren's spirit is about to attack them. As the tension rises, Reverend Hale once again reveals that he does not believe the girls by telling Danforth,

"You cannot believe them!" (Miller, 117).

When Mary Warren joins the girls and turns on John Proctor, Reverend Hale ends up denouncing the proceedings and quits the court.

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