What makes Danforth anxious to obtain confessions? At the same time, why does he refuse to postpone the executions?
He knows that he made a mistake, but does not want to look like a fool after arresting and hanging so many people. He wants to look like he did what was right, so he says that John Proctor must confess and sign a document to save his life as well as Danforth's own reputation. He refuses to postpone the executions because it will appear that he is hesitating and questioning his decision.