For textual evidence regarding this question, I would look at the first half of chapter 6. The first half of the chapter focuses on when Reverend Gershom Bulkeley and his student John Holbrook visit the Wood family for dinner. The text lets readers know that the entire dinner had been quite tense. Each member of the family seemed unusually quiet. They seemed to be making a special effort not to engage Gershom in anything except for shallow small talk. The reason for this is due to the political differences that exist between Gershom and Uncle Matthew.
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