John Proctor is not exactly popular with Judge Danforth, Reverend Parris, and the other magistrates in Salem. He is somewhat of a free spirit and unable to be controlled by the powers that be. John appears to be his own man in charge of his own destiny, and therefore, doesn’t pander to the religious and political powers in Salem. One thing he is accused of is not attending church every Sunday. When Reverend Parris makes this known, John tells him that he is busy on his farm working and providing for his family. To the judges, this is not a good enough excuse to miss church. John has also been critical of Reverend Parris’ desire for fancy goblets and other decorations for the church. Reverend Parris has also asked for a raise in salary which John says he doesn’t need. John comments that this is all Parris preaches about in his Sunday sermons. In addition, when Hale questions John about witchcraft, Hale asks him to recite the 10 Commandments. John is able to repeat all of them except, “Thou Shall not Commit Adultery,” an ironic one to “forget” since he recently had an affair with Abigail.
If your third-grader is spending an hour and a half on just her math homework, for instance, that's way too much. “Keep track of her time for several days, then talk to the teacher,” suggests Dolin. Sometimes teachers honestly underestimate how long an assignment will take. If your child routinely works long hours because she's struggling, also talk to the teacher. But if she seems to be slaving over homework because she's a perfectionist, you may need to discuss a reasonable amount of time to devote to an assignment and then clock her.