How does the constable's wife help Kit in The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

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The constable's wife attends to Kit's basic needs out of compassion and a deep-rooted sense of human kindness.

Kit has been accused of being a witch, and as there is no proper jail in the town, she is being held until her inquest in an old wooden shed.  The constable is a decent man and does not much relish this part of his job, but he is bound to uphold the law and keep Kit locked up until her inquest.  Knowing that Kit will be cold and hungry, the contstable's wife sends over an old quilt for her to use to keep warm, and a wooden trencher of mush for her to eat.  She tells Kit,

"To tell the truth I couldn't sleep half the night thinking of you out here.  'Tis good enough for thieves and drunkards...but 'tis no place for a female, witch or no".

In addition to the quilt and food, the constable's wife spends time talking to Kit, and expresses her opinion that "it goes against reason she could be a witch".  The older woman notes that "there's some folks in this town always bent on stirring up trouble", and her kind words do much to encourage Kit in her predicament. 

The constable's wife tells Kit that she will have to appear before the magistrate and the ministers, who will determine if she should be sent to Hartford to await trial.  Kit responds with dismay that she looks a fright after sitting in the dirty shed all night, and the constable's wife comes through again, going to fetch her a basin of water and a rough wooden comb so that she can make herself look a little more presentable (Chapter 19).