How Does Hale Use Authority In The Crucible
Deputy Governor Danforth is a man who is very keen on ensuring that everyone knows of his power and what he is capable of. In The Crucible, Danforth goes to every extent to maintain his reputation and never steps down to admit that he was wrong. Specifically, when Francis Nurse comes into the court to try to save his wife, Rebecca Nurse, from being hanged, Danforth makes sure to explain what he is capable of:
DANFORTH: Peace, Judge Hathorne. Do you know who I am, Mr. Nurse?
FRANCIS: I surely do, sir, and I think you must be a wise judge to be what you are.
DANFORTH: And do you know that near to four thousand are in the jails of Marblehead to Lynn, and upon my signature?