Abigail, a key character in the play, is portrayed as the main antagonist, responsible for lies, manipulation and the wrongful deaths of nineteen people due to her jealousy and revenge against Elizabeth Proctor.
Her actions are depicted as simple yet profoundly destructive, likening her to a biblical Jezebel figure with a desire for power and control.
Despite her guilt, Abigail’s background as an orphan and an unmarried girl, lower on Salem’s Puritan social hierarchy, provides context.
The trials gave Abigail, once powerless and shunned due to her affair with John Proctor, an opportunity to wield authority and revenge, empowering her.
Her mere accusations became enough to condemn even respected townsfolk of devil-worship.
In this article, I have collected the top quotes by Abigail Williams.
Best Abigail Williams Quotes
Goody Proctor is a gossiping liar! ~ Abigail Williams.
She comes to me every night to go and drink blood! ~ Abigail Williams.
I can make you wish you had never seen the sun go down! ~ Abigail Williams.
She is a cold, snivelling woman, and you bend to her! ~ Abigail Williams.
A wild thing may say wild things. ~ Abigail Williams.
I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus! I danced for the devil. ~ Abigail Williams.
I am but God’s finger, John. If he would condemn Elizabeth, she will be condemned. ~ Abigail Williams.
Give me a word, John. A soft word. ~ Abigail Williams.
I don’t my duty pointing out the Devil’s people – and this is my reward? To be mistrusted, denied, questioned like a … ~ Abigail Williams.
Let you beware, Mr Danforth. Think you be so high and mighty that the power of hell may not turn your wits? ~ Abigail Williams.
Top Abigail Williams Quotes
Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you. ~ Abigail Williams.
I look for the John Proctor who took me from my sleep and put knowledge in my heart! ~ Abigail Williams.
Uncle, we did dance; let you tell them I confessed it – and I’ll be whipped if I must be. But they’re speakin’ of witchcraft. Betty’s not witched. ~ Abigail Williams.
With an endless capacity for dissembling. ~ Abigail Williams.
Famous Abigail Williams Quotes
I want to open myself. … I want the light of God, I want the sweet love of Jesus. I danced for the Devil; I saw him, I wrote in his book; I go back to Jesus; I kiss His hand. I saw Sarah Good with the Devil. I saw Goody Osburn with the Devil. I saw Bridget Bishop with the Devil! ~ Abigail Williams.
I know how you clutched my back behind your house and sweated like a stallion whenever I came near! ~ Abigail Williams.
Think you to be so mighty that the power of Hell may not turn your wits? Beware of it! ~ Abigail Williams.
She sends her spirit on me in church; she makes me laugh at prayer! ~ Abigail Williams.
A wind, a cold wind, has come. ~ Abigail Williams.
And mark this. Let either of you breathe a word, or the edge of a word, about the other things, and I will come to you in the black of some terrible night and I will bring a pointy reckoning that will shudder you. And you know that I can do it. ~ Abigail Williams.
There be no blush about my name…[Elizabeth Proctor] hates me, uncle, she must, for I would not be her slave. It’s a bitter woman, a lying, cold, sniveling woman, and I will not work for such a woman!
They are gonna hang him, ya know? And he prays, ya know, he prays in jail. He talks to me at night while he’s praying in the jail. Hypocrite! They all are! Thank God I have the power to cleanse this town of them! ~ (about George Jacobs) ~ Abigail Williams.
So these were the 21 top Abigail Williams quotes and sayings.