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Why Will WaitsI really enjoyed The Witch of Blackbird Pond. I liked the mix of...

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gbeatty | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted October 19, 2007 at 7:38 AM via web

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Why Will Waits

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.

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clane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted November 16, 2007 at 4:13 PM (Answer #2)

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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. 

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 26, 2010 at 7:02 AM (Answer #3)

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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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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted August 15, 2011 at 4:51 AM (Answer #5)

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I agree with number 3. I think William wanted Kit to raise his social standing. She was once a little rich girl, after all. He waited because he felt entitled to have her, and she was still relatively young. It does fit his snobbishness when you think of it that way.

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