I really enjoyed The Witch of Blackbird Pond. I liked the mix of childhood stuff with political stuff. However, I do sometimes wonder about some elements of the book—mostly the "off-stage" stuff. For example, why is William Ashby willing to wait so long for Kit? He seems like such a little prince in other ways that this always surprises me.
Ideas? (We know it isn't true love…)
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Perhaps it's the got something to do with the old adage-"we want what we can't have". I've often felt the same way about William, but I always came to same conclusion- he waited because she was the challenging one, the one he couldn't pin down, the one who didn't immediately want him and it drove him crazy for her. Not love crazy, just crazy to conquer.
I think William Ashby wanted a partner who befitted his social standing in the community. Kit, with her somewhat spoiled background, would have carried herself in a way that would have indicated she was not just a farmer's daughter, and therefore given William Ashby the social standing he would have wanted to gain through marriage.
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