What is ironic about Mary Warren’s statement, “I-have no power,” when she is being interrogated in front of Abigail Williams?

What is ironic about Mary Warren’s statement, “I-have no power,” when she is being interrogated in front of Abigail Williams?

What is ironic about Mary Warren’s statement, “I-have no power,” when she is being interrogated in front of Abigail Williams?

What is ironic about Mary Warren’s statement, “I-have no power,” when she is being interrogated in front of Abigail Williams?
Mary Warren’s interrogation, in act three (scene three) of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, forces Mary to confront Abigail Williams. Mary, a servant of the Proctor’s, fears Abigail. Since Abigail controls all of the girls, and is single-handedly responsible for the arrest of many of the residents, Mary fears what may happen to her if she turns against Abigail (in the open).The irony of Mary’s statement, “I have no power,” lies in the fact that her interrogation leads to the arrest of John Proctor. She, in “reality,” does have power. Through her claim of innocence, Mary is attacked by Abigail. Abigail claims that Mary has sent out her spirit on her. John, furious at Abigail’s deceit, calls her a “whore.” After this outburst, John must admit how he knows that she is a whore. Also, when earlier threatened by John (after Mary states she does not have to listen to him any longer), Mary states that she is an official of the court. If she was an official of the court, it would be assumed that she would have some power. To go into court later and claim that she possessed no power would be ironic.