John Proctor and Abigail Williams from sixty and eleven, respectively, to thirty-five and seventeen, enabling the plot line of an affair between the two. Proctor and his wife Elizabeth ran an inn as well as a farm, but Miller eliminates this detail. Proctor’s friend Giles Corey was actually pressed to death a month after Proctor’s execution, however, Miller juxtaposes his death and Proctor’s. So finally Miller chose to omit the fact that Proctor had a son who was also tortured during the witch trials because he refuses to confess to witchcraft
. Although no one can know for certain what the actual individuals thought, felt or believed. Miller’s incorporation of motive into the play’s characters provides his audience with a realistic scenario that is both believable and applicable to society.