The Crucible

A wealthy farmer and landowner in Salem and the husband of Rebecca Nurse. Francis Nurse is generally considered by the Salem community to be a good man, but many people resent his recent rise to wealth. He's had arguments over land with Putnam that have risen even to the level of physical fights. Families related to Francis Nurse were involved in refusing to allow Putnam's wife's brother-in-law to become the minister of Salem, a slight that Putnam has not forgotten.

Francis Nurse Quotes in The Crucible

The The Crucible quotes below are all either spoken by Francis Nurse or refer to Francis Nurse. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Classics edition of The Crucible published in 2003.
Act 3 Quotes
You must understand, sir, that a person is either with this court or he must be counted against it, there be no road between. This is a sharp time, now, a precise time—we live no longer in the dusky afternoon when evil mixed itself with good and befuddled the world. Now, by God's grace, the shining sun is up, and them that fear not light will surely praise it.
Related Characters: Deputy Governor Danforth (speaker), Francis Nurse
Page Number: 87
Explanation and Analysis:

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Francis Nurse Character Timeline in The Crucible

The timeline below shows where the character Francis Nurse appears in The Crucible. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 2
Puritanism and Individuality Theme Icon
Hysteria Theme Icon
The Danger of Ideology Theme Icon
Giles Corey and Francis Nurse appear in Proctor's doorway with the news that their wives, Martha and Rebecca, have been... (full context)
Act 3
Puritanism and Individuality Theme Icon
Hysteria Theme Icon
The Danger of Ideology Theme Icon
...get more land. Corey is dragged from the courtroom (and onto the stage), followed by Francis Nurse , Hale, Parris, Hathorne, and Danforth. Hathorne and Danforth are furious that Corey would disrupt... (full context)
Puritanism and Individuality Theme Icon
The Danger of Ideology Theme Icon
Francis Nurse steps forward. Danforth says that he's only heard good things about Nurse's character and is... (full context)