In the book he regrets it happening but Abigail still has feeling for him and she says to him “Give me a word, John. A soft word” and Proctor responds and says “No, no, Abby. That's done with”(Miller,22). and later on he says to her “Abby, i may think of u softly from time to time.But I will cut of my hand before I’ll ever ever reach for u again.Wipe it out of mind. We never touched, Abby”(Miller ,23).And then Abigail get anger and she talks about Proctor's wife and things go on from there.
Another character trait of John Proctor was that he was protective of his family. For example, When Herrick and Cheever visited the Proctor family and they tried to take Elizabeth with them. Proctor ripped the warrant and said to them, “If she is innocent! Why do u never wonder if Parris be innocent, or Abigail? Is the accuser always holy now? Were they born in the morning as clean as god's fingers? I’ll tell you what’s walking Salem-vengeance is walking Salem. We are what we always were in Salem, but now the little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law! This warrants vengeance! I’ll not give my wife over to vengence!” (Miller ,77) In my opinion I don’t think Proctor was going to let them take his wife without him putting up a fight until Elizabeth said to him, “John-I think I must go. When the children wake, speak