Abigail (The Scornful Lady) Abigail is a character in the 1616 comedic play, The Scornful Lady, by Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher. Abigail is the “waiting gentlewoman” to the mistress of the house, thought to have been an allusion to the Biblical Abigail who calls herself David’s handmaid. The popularity of the play led to the name’s being used as a synonym for a ladies’ maid, unfortunately, but we are a long way from the seventeenth century, and today we see and hear the name Abigail as a delightful one.
Abigail Williams (The Crucible) Abigail "Abby" Williams is the antagonist of the 1953 play, The Crucible, by Arthur Miller, a fictionalized story of the Salem, Massachusetts, witch trials of 1692 and 1693, paralleling the hysteria of the McCarthy Era Red Witch Hunt of the late forties and early fifties. Abigail is one bad seed of a seventeen-year-old, who had conducted an affair with the married John Proctor, and is still trying to seduce him. At the same time, she leads a covey of girls, along with her uncle’s slave, Tituba, in demonic rituals in the woods. Abigail’s sole purpose is to hex Proctor’s wife so she can claim him as her own. Soon the entire community is engaged in a hysterical, finger-pointing frenzy of accusations against each other, as citizen after citizen is led off to death. While all this mayhem occurs, the self-reliant Abigail manages to steal her uncle’s money and escape town and consequences, leaving catastrophe behind her. Abigail is based upon a historical character, but her fictional counterpart is, if anything, even more wicked and destructive.
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Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution (Natalie Bober) - An intimate look at the life and times of Abigail Adams through her correspondence and biographical information. Recommended for ages Young Adult.
Abigail Takes the Wheel (Avi) - Abigail and her brother, Tom, travel to school every day aboard their father's freight boat, the Neptune. One day, two ships collide in the Narrows, and Abigail's father goes to their aid—leaving Abigail to take the Neptune's wheel. Can she and Tom steer the freight boat through the crowded and dangerous waters of New York Harbor alone? Recommended for ages 7-11.
An American Army of Two (Janet Greeson) - During the War of 1812, Rebecca and Abigail Bates save their town's ships from the British by playing "Yankee Doodle" on a fife and drum to simulate the approach of American troops. Recommended for ages 7-11.
Apple Cider-Making Days (Ann Purnell) - Alex and Abigail join the whole family in processing and selling apples and apple cider at their grandfather's farm. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Winter's Tale (Ian Wallace) - For her ninth birthday, Abigail wants to join her father and brother on their annual winter camping trip. As they trek along, the reader is treated to beautiful winter nature scenes, many of which Abigail photographs to share with her mother. Through the dialogue, much information is learned about the wild and winter camping. When they come across a terrified fawn on a frozen lake entangled in fishing line, Abigail saves the day with a solution. Recommended for ages 5-8.
Famous People Named Abigail - Abigail Adams (U.S. First Lady); Abigail Fillmore (U.S. First Lady); Abigail Van Buren (aka Dear Abby); Abigail Breslin (actress); Abbie Cornish (actress)
Famous People who Named their Daughter Abigail - Anthony Hopkins (actor); John Adams (U.S. President); Kelly Willis (actress); Marie Osmond (entertainer); Roy Disney (tycoon); Stanley Kubrick (director)
Abigail Adams (11 Nov 1744 - 28 Oct 1818) - Abigail Adams was the first Vice Presidential wife in the United States, and the second First Lady. Not only that, but she was the mother of a president (John Quincy Adams). She lacked formal education; but her curiosity spurred her keen intelligence, and she devoured any book at hand. Reading created a bond between her and John Adams. Their marriage was one of the mind and of the heart, enduring for more than half a century and enriched by time. Her prolific letters display not only her high intellect and her wit, but also her political capital. This was a woman vehemently against slavery and very much pro-women’s rights.