As the facts emerge, Abigail claims Tituba forced her to drink blood.
Tituba counters that Abigail begged her to conjure a deadly curse.
The village is rife with rumors of witchcraft and a crowd gathers outside Rev. Parris becomes concerned that the event will cause him to be removed from his position as the town's preacher.
He questions the girls' apparent ringleader, his niece Abigail Williams, whom Parris has been forced to adopt after her parents were brutally killed in King Philip's War.
Reverend Hale arrives and begins his investigation.
Before leaving, Giles fatefully remarks that he has noticed his wife reading unknown books and asks Hale to look into it. Parris, Abigail and Tituba closely over the girls' activities in the woods.
His ten-year-old daughter, Betty Parris, lies motionless.
The previous evening, Reverend Parris discovered Betty, some other girls, and his Barbadian slave, Tituba, dancing naked in the forest and engaged in some sort of pagan ritual.
The Crucible is a 1953 play by American playwright Arthur Miller.
It is a dramatized and partially fictionalized story of the Salem witch trials that took place in the Massachusetts Bay Colony during 1692–93.