The niece of Reverened Parris. She was the one who drank the blood of the chicken . She accuses most of all goody proctor because she wants to take her spot. Abigail threatens the rest of the girls.
Reverend Parris's ten-year-old daughter. Betty falls into a strange stupor after Parris catches her and the other girls dancing in the forest with Tituba. Her illness and that of Ruth Putnam fuel the first rumors of witchcraft.
Abigail threatens her along with all the others that she'll kill them if they tell.
The Putnams' lone surviving child out of eight. Like Betty Parris, Ruth falls into a strange stupor after Reverend Parris catches her and the other girls dancing in the woods at night.
The servant in John Proctor's household and a member of Abigail's group of girls. She is a timid girl, easily influenced by those around her.
The minister of Salem's church. Reverend Parris is a paranoid, power-hungry, yet oddly self-pitying figure. Many of the townsfolk, especially John Proctor, dislike him, and Parris is very concerned with building his position in the community.
- A young minister reputed to be an expert on witchcraft. Reverend Hale is called in to Salem to examine Parris's daughter Betty. Hale is a committed Christian and hater of witchcraft. His critical mind and intelligence save him from falling into blind fervor. His arrival sets the hysteria in motion, although he later regrets his actions and attempts to save the lives of those accused.
A servant from Barbados. She's the first one to get accused because of Abigail. She is the main "witch" in the group and is the one who is singing songs and is doing all the songs.
Betty swears that she saw george jacobs with the devil.
The marshal of Salem.
A man from Salem who acts as clerk of the court during the witch trials. He is upright and determined to do his duty for justice.
The Deputy Governor of Massachusetts and the presiding judge at the witch trials. Honest and scrupu-lous, at least in his own mind, Danforth is convinced that he is doing right in rooting out witchcraft.
A wealthy, influential man in Salem. Nurse is well respected by most people in Salem, but is an enemy of Thomas Putnam and his wife.