How does Mercy accept her disability in Witch of Blackbird Pond?

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Mercy is a truly good person, and accepts her disability with patience and a serene spirit.

Kit, who is impetuous and passionate by nature, often wishes she could be a little more like Mercy.  She marvels at her cousin's uncomplaining acceptance of her condition, and once, when she and Judith have been invited to go pick flowers and picnic along the river by a group of other young girls, she remembers Mercy and exclaims impulsively, "Oh, if only you could go, too, Mercy!  How can you bear it, always staying behind?"  Mercy responds with characteristic placidity,

"Oh, I settled that a long time ago.  I remember it very well.  Father had carried me to the doorstep, and I sat there watching the children playing a game in the road.  I thought of all the things I would never be able to do.  And then I thought about the things that I could do.  Since then I've just never thought much about it".

Mercy is a Godly woman in every sense of the term, never allowing herself to entertain self-pity and always caring for the needs of others to the best of her ability.  Although her physical capabilities are limited, she is beloved by all and is the soul and center of the Wood family, even occupying a special place in the gruff heart of her father, Matthew Wood (Chapter 11).

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