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We see the depth of Hale's disillusionment and disgust with
himself when he pleads with Elizabeth to get Proctor to confess:

Beware, Goody Proctor-cleave to no faith when faith brings
blood.... Life, woman, life is God's most precious gift; no
principle, however glorious, may justify the taking of it.

Here is another speech that looks like a good candidate for
"author's thematic statement." And it's spoken by the man who's
most like us.

But Hale by now is a lost soul. A minister of God, he is
counselling people to lie. How can we have faith anymore in
anything he says? Elizabeth senses this, and tells him, "I think
that be the Devil's argument."

Besides, it's a useless subject to dispute. Elizabeth has more
pressing business on her mind than theological arguments. She
must see her husband one last time. She has something to tell

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