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Well, when we think about the structure of a plot, the falling action comes after the climax, the most exciting part of the novel that keeps us on the edge of our seat, and comes before the resolution, when all of the conflicts that we have seen developed in the novel are resolved. Certainly in this great novel the climax is when Kit faces trial for being a witch in Chapter 19. Following this tumultuous event, Kit returns to her Aunt's house and Mercy finally recovers. Kit refuses William Ashby once and for all, and the community celebrates Thankful Peabody's wedding. The community also receives news of the death of Hale and the group of soldiers he was with, which impacts Judith greatly. Christmas passes and Kit finds herself increasingly dissatisfied with life in the community. John Hale returns out of the blue and becomes engaged to Mercy. Shortly after William Ashby proposes to Judith. This leads us nicely to the final resolution between Kit and Nat, when he returns with his own boat.
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