By Harold Bloom
The Crucible, Arthur Miller's vintage play concerning the witch-hunts and trials in seventeenth-century Salem, Massachusetts, is returning to Broadway. To mark the get together, Penguin is happy to provide this pretty hardcover variation. "A robust drama." (Brooks Atkinson, the recent York instances)
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Extra info for Arthur Miller's The Crucible (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations)
41 42 Edmund S. Morgan John Proctor, a love affair that is nowhere suggested by the records. Miller’s Abigail is not so much a transformation as a creation. So, for that matter, is his John Proctor. It might have been better not to have given either of them the name of an actual person who figures in the historical record. But the artist’s relation to the historical record has to be different from the historian’s. If the artist binds himself too closely to known factual details, the result may be an aesthetic disaster.
I’ll not have your suspicion any more. . I have no— PROCTOR: I’ll not have it! History and Other Spectres in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible 29 ELIZABETH: Then let you not earn it. PROCTOR, with a violent undertone: You doubt me yet? ELIZABETH, with a smile, to keep her dignity: John, if it were not Abigail that you must go to hurt, would you falter now? . PROCTOR, with solemn warning: You will not judge me more, Elizabeth. I have good reason to think before I charge fraud on Abigail, and I will think on it.
PROCTOR, with solemn warning: You will not judge me more, Elizabeth. I have good reason to think before I charge fraud on Abigail, and I will think on it. . Spare me! You forget nothin’ and forgive nothin’. Learn charity, woman. I have gone tiptoe in this house all seven month since she is gone. I have not moved from there to there without I think to please you, and still an everlasting funeral marches round your heart. I cannot speak but I am doubted, every moment judged for lies, as though I come into a court when I come into this house!
Arthur Miller's The Crucible (Bloom's Modern Critical Interpretations) by Harold Bloom