Elizabeth George Speare: The Witch of Blackbird Pond


Class of 2011-2012

Kit

Baylie >>> Spontaneous
"Without a second's deliberation she acted. Kicking off her buckled shoes and dropping the woolen cloak, she plunged headlong over the side of the boat."

Ben >>> Curious
"Would there be room in the boat fo me to ride to shore with you?"

Hallie >>> Stands up for her opinion doesn't fall in someone's shadow
"we're supposed to care for the poor. But you overdo it, Kit."
"But it wasn't charity!" Kit burst out. "Hannah and Prudence -- they are my friends!" p. 229

Savannah >>> Impulsive
"Without a second's deliberation she acted. Kicking off her buckled shoes and dropping the woolen cloak, she plunged headlong over the side of the boat."

Jesse >>> Proud
"'Tis no heathen island. 'Tis as civilized as England, with a famous town and fine streets and shops my grandfather was one of first plantation owners, with a grant from the king."

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Nat

Baylie >>> Arrogant
"'Then you might have a thought for somebody else!' snapped Nat, slapping the water out of his dripping breeches. 'These are the only clothes I have.'"

Ben >>> Stubborn to learn or read
"A boy has to learn his numbers, but the only proper use for them is to find your latitude with a cross-staff. Books, now that's different. There's nothing like a book to keep you company on a long voyage."

Hallie >>> Caring
"If she's set on that cat she's going to have it." Nat jumped into the boat. "You'll be all right? You need to get warm..." p. 193

Savannah >>> Kind
"'No, not yet.' His voice was full of decision. 'I want to see your uncle first. Kit -- ' His words came in an unpremeditated rush. 'Will he think it is enough -- the new ketch?'"

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Matthew

Baylie >>> Strict
"Be quiet girl! It is time you understood one thing at the start. This will be your home, since you have no other, but you will fit yourself to our ways and do no more to interrupt the work of the household or to turn the heads of my daughters with your vanity. Now you will close your trunks and allow them to get about the work they have neglected. Rachel, take off that ridiculous thing!"

Hallie >>> Cares
"But it is a matter," she insisted. "I've been nothing but trouble to you from the beginning, and I don't deserve your standing up for me."
"'Tis true I did not welcome you into my house," he said at last. "But this last week you have proved me wrong. You haven't spared yourself, Katherine. Our own daughter couldn't have done more." p. 195

Jesse >>> Anti-Government
"Well, here in Connecticut we'll never recognize it -- never! Do you think we have labored and sacrificed all these years to build of a free government only to hand it over now without a murmur?"

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Mercy

Baylie >>> Humble
"Judith had the gloves on before the sentence was finished, and stood stretching out her slender arms admiringly. Mercy stroked hers with a timid finger and laid them gently aside."

Ben >>> Secretive
"Those Great listening eyes were fastened on the face of the young man bent over his book,and for one instant Mercy's whole heart was revealed. Mercy was in love with John Holbrook!"

Hallie >>> Puts other people first
"Dressing rather shakily, Kit was compelled to ask Mercy's assistance with the buttons down her back, and was shocked when her older cousin suddenly bent double in a violent fit of coughing. "Let me feel your hand! Aunt Rachel, for heaven's sakes, get Mercy to bed quick! Here she’s trying to wait on us!" Tears of weakness and protest ran down Mercy's cheeks as Rachel stooped to take off her oldest daughter's shoes." p. 178

Savannah >>> Selfless
"'I am so glad for you both,' she said warmly."

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Goodwife Cruff

Ben >>> no faith in children
"Naw. Pa wanted me to go to school, but Ma says I'm too stupid."

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John

Savannah >>> Learned
"She looked with envy at where he sat, propped against a bulkhead, lost in a bulky brown volume. What could there be in those books of his? There he sat, hour after hour, so intent that often his lips moved and two spots of color burned in his pale cheeks, as though some secret excitement sprang from the pages."

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William

Savannah >>> In love
"Kit was startled to meet the unmistakenly dazzled gaze of William Ashby."

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Hannah Tupper

Jesse >>> Wise
"There is no escape if love is not there."

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Mistress Wood

Jesse >>> Caring
"Rachel found courage for her only protest. 'Will you allow Mercy to keep the shawl?' she pleaded. ''Tis not gaudy, and 'twill keep off the draft there from the chimney.'"

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Judith

Baylie >>> Obnoxious
"Judith had the gloves on before the sentence was finished, and stood stretching out her slender arms admiringly. Mercy stroked hers with a timid finger and laid them gently aside."

Hallie >>> Selfish
"If he cared anything about me he wouldn't have gone at all." p.177

Jesse >>> Greedy
"Judith had the gloves on before the sentence was finished, and stood stretching out her slender arms admiringly."

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Reverend Dr. Bulkeley

Ben >>> Questioning
"So, young lady, your grandfather was knighted for loyalty by King Charles, you say? A great honor, a very great honor indeed. And I take it he was a loyal subjectof our good King James as well?"

Rukes Broken

Savannah >>>

"Toward evening they set her at the easiest task they could devise -- the making of corn pudding. The cornmeal had to be added to the boiling kettle a pinch at a time. Before half of it was consumed, Kit's patience had run out. The smoke made her eyes water and there was a smarting blister on one thumb. She suspected that Judith had invented the irksome procedure just to keep her busy, and in a burst of resentment she poured in the remaining cupful in all at once."

Hallie >>> Nat came back to Connecticut to help Kit.

"That man!" she shrilled. "Isn't he banished for setting fire to houses? Thirty lashes they promised him if he showed his face here again!"

"Oh no!" Kit pleaded in alarm. "You can't arrest him, when he only came back to help me." (p.223)

Ben >>> Kit breaks a rule when she reads the Bible to the little kids then to act it out in a play.

Savannah >>>

"But someone ought to help her, Uncle Matthew.

"If she wants help, let her repent her sin. You are never to go to that place again, Katherine. I forbid it."

Ben >>> Kit isn't supposed to talk to Prudence in the begining but she does innocently without know it was wrong.

Ben >>> Nat comes back to town for Kit and he gets scolded for it.

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Secrets Kept

Savannah >>>

Kit swallowed and gathered her courage. "Captain Eaton," she said boldly, "my uncle and my aunt can hardly be blamed for not meeting me. You see -- well, to be honest they do not even know that I am coming."

The captain's jaw tightened, "You gave me to understand that they had sent for you to come."

Kit lifted her head proudly. "I told you that they wanted me," she corrected him. "Mistress Wood is my mother's sister. Naturally she would always want me to come."

Hallie >>> John doesn't tell the truth that he loves Mercy

"...as if he heard her, John opened his white lips and made a hoarse sound...John faultered, and in that moment of hesitation he was lost." (p.142-143)

Ben >>> Kit doesn't tell the captain that she isn't sure her aunt and unce are going to pick her up.

Savannah >>>

"Now a brightly glowing bead of resin threw a brief light across her face. Those great listening eyes were fastened on the face of the young man bent over his book, and for one instant Mercy's whole heart was revealed, Mercy was in love with John Holbrook!"

Ben >>> Mercy secretly likes John for a while and she doesn't tell anybody.

Ben >>> Kit keeps on going to see Hannah (the Quaker woman), and no one knows for quite some time.

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Rukes & Secrets

Savannah >>>

"Ma'd cane me. I'm not s'posed to speak to you."

Remembering Goodwife Cruff's hard thin mouth, Kit did not urge. "Prudence," she suggested instead, "you could learn to read by yourself if you really wanted to."

"I haven'' any horn."

Kit remembered something. "Is there a place where you could meet me where no one would tell on you?" she asked. "Can you get to the Meadows?" Prudence nodded.

Hallie >>> Kit goes to Hannah's house when she wasn't supposed to.

"You are never to go to that place again...she glanced longingly towards the little house by Blackbird Pond and promised herself she would steal a few moments on her way home."

Hallie >>> Kit goes to Hannah's house when she wasn't supposed to.Kit taught Prudence

",,,you can learn to read by yourself if you really wanted to...is there a place you could meet me where no one would tell on you?...I'll teach you to read some of it." (p.114)

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