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The main event which happens is that some sailors from the Dolphin have been put in the stocks in town as punishment for being rowdy and making jack-o-lanterns for Hallowe'en, which is forbidden and considered blasphemous. We also learn that young Prudence is growing up, and getting more confidant and sure of herself. We also find out that John Holbrooke has joined a militia to fight Indians.
JIn Chapter 16 it is also important that Prudence writes her name, for this is the evidence used against Kit when she is tried for being a witch. In addition, John joining the militia in Chapter 16 opens up another dimension of plot in that it begins his breaking away from Dr. Bulkeley. Mercy understands his decision, while Judith selfishly does not because she want to marry John as soon as possible.
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