Gowen looks to be romantically interested in Abigail, but she expresses unequivocally that she is not. Nevertheless, they do have a close friendship, and it seems likely that he does enjoy her company.
Abigail was born on March 1816 in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Her father, John Adams, was the second president of the United States, while her mother, Abigail Smith, was the first wife of President John Adams. She had four siblings: Charles, Mary, Elizabeth, and Thomas Jefferson Adams.
When Abigail was about nine years old, her father was elected to his second term, and she moved with her family to Washington, D.C. There she met and became good friends with Martha "Mary" Washington, the daughter of our first president George Washington. The two girls remained close friends for the rest of their lives. In addition, Abigail gained recognition for her writing skills when she wrote letters to her brother Charles, who was serving as a diplomatic representative of the United States in Paris, France.
In 1824, shortly after their father's death, Abigail and her sister Elizabeth went to live with their uncle Thomas Jefferson Adams in his large plantation near Fredericksburg, Virginia.
He wishes to direct and mold her life. His ultimate wish for both Abigail and Will was most likely self-disclosure. He believes, like Jack, that Abigail Hobbs assisted her father in the murder of females. Therefore, like Jack, he wants to marry her so she can't talk.
It's possible that Abigail manipulated Will into thinking she liked him so she could get information about her father's death. Or perhaps she used him as a cover while she searched for her father's body. Who knows? Maybe there are more secrets about Abigail hidden under that pretty face!
Abigail had an affair with John Proctor. She attempts to persuade him that he still desires her and displays resentment toward his wife for "blackening" her name in the hamlet. Abigail reveals to Proctor that Betty is only acting. When asked by a friend if she regrets what she said about Betty, she replies: "I don't think I did. If I did, I'm sorry."
She also has an affair with Thomas Granger, who is married to Elizabeth. When Elizabeth finds out about their relationship, she throws Abigail out of the house and threatens to tell John how Abigail behaved dishonorably if he doesn't leave Betty alone. However, John realizes that Abigail was just trying to protect his reputation and so he ends the affair.
Later on, when John is imprisoned for refusing to testify against Peter Salem, Abigail joins forces with Reverend Wheelock and others to free him. But after John is acquitted, he refuses to forgive Abigail for her actions and they end up separated once again.
During this time, Abigail meets and falls in love with William Wainwright. The two plan to run away together but before they can do so, Abigail learns from John that he has been offered a job at Mr. Sibley's school in Boston.
Abigail regards Elizabeth as a barrier to her happiness, and she believes that if Elizabeth is removed, she will be able to have John. Abigail also accuses Elizabeth of spreading falsehoods about her across the community. Although Abigail hates Elizabeth, she doesn't intend to hurt her.
In chapter 10, after seeing Elizabeth get shot by Burt Reynolds, Abigail feels guilty for having contributed to her sister's death. She decides to go to town to confess her guilt to Mr. Gault, only to find out from Mrs. Gault that Elizabeth has already left. Enraged, Abigail goes back home and threatens to tell everyone what really happened between herself and John if they ever try to stop her from leaving. When John tries to prevent her from going, she hits him over the head with a rock and runs away.
In chapter 11, after hearing that Elizabeth is alive, Abigail realizes that she was just using John and that she still loves him. She then goes back home to tell him that she still loves him and that there is no need for them to be enemies. However, when John tries to stop her from leaving again, she hits him over the head with another rock and runs off once more.
Thus, Abigail shows very little love for Elizabeth but rather sees her as a threat to her relationship with John.
Abigail appears to have a high opinion of herself. She feels confident in her ability to conceal her dishonest behavior in the woods, as well as in her capacity to manage the other girls' actions. She considers herself a leader, and they respect her as such.
However, this self-assurance proves to be her downfall. Once she is exposed as a liar, everyone else begins to doubt her honesty and looks at the other girls with suspicion. When Mary Warren confesses to being one of the three girls who witnessed John Proctor abuse Elizabeth, Abigail is among those who believe her. This causes more dissension between Abigail and the other girls, who feel that she is too friendly with someone guilty of adultery. As a result, they decide not to tell on each other but instead betray themselves by talking about their experiences.
Although Abigail does not go so far as to accuse Mary of lying, she does suggest that perhaps she is not telling the whole truth. This only makes matters worse for Abigail, since the other girls now view her as an enemy who can't be trusted.
At the end of the novel, after John Proctor is executed for treason, Abigail does not try to clear his name. Instead, she goes into hiding, fearing that he will blame her for his arrest and conviction.
With Proctor, Abigail is polite, kind, and flirty. She became bitter and resentful when she realized she couldn't achieve what she wanted from him. Abigail did this so she wouldn't have to take the blame, exact vengeance, or get rid of people she didn't like. During a tale, a static character changes little, if at all. However, with Abigail, we can see that her personality has changed because she had to change it to survive.
She's now more serious than before, probably because she needs to be in order to live up to the responsibilities that come with being a chief. Also, she seems more mature because women back then didn't go around shooting people, which is something that she does later on.
Abigail is very intelligent and knows how to get what she wants. Even though she tries to act like she doesn't, we know that she's good at getting people to do her dirty work for her. This makes me wonder what else she's capable of doing.
I think I'll enjoy reading about Abigail's adventures after the story.
At the start of the play, we don't know how John feels about Abigail. In the first act, he spends time with her and is kind to her, but he also makes it obvious that he will not rekindle their affair. This revelation seemed to imply that if John ever loved Abigail, he loved Elizabeth far more. In fact, later on in the play we learn that John has married Elizabeth!
It's possible that John loves both women but can't commit to either one. Or perhaps he loves them both equally but only wants to be with one at a time. The play doesn't tell us how he feels so we'll never know for sure.
As for Abigail and John, they seem very much in love at the beginning of the play. They talk about having a future together and plan to run away together after John receives his inheritance. However, once John learns that she's been sleeping with Dan Rowland, he dumps her without a second thought.
It's safe to say that John no longer loves Abigail and has no intention of starting again with her. Thus, we can conclude that yes, John Proctor is still in love with Elizabeth Howe even though she's been married to another man for several years now.