How was Kit's first date in "Witch of Blackbird Pond"?

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In her own eyes, Kit's first date with William Ashby is uncomfortable to say the least.  Although he looks quite impressive when he comes to call, wearing a "cinnamon broadcloth coat and (a) fine linen shirt", the two sit in virtual silence for the first half-hour, with William seemingly content to gaze at her, and Kit desperately trying to think of something to say.  In her estimation, "William seem(s) to feel that merely by coming he (has) done his share...apparently it (is) up to her to provide the conversation".

Kit is greatly relieved when John Holbrook arrives, and he as well as William and Kit are invited to join the rest of the family in the parlor.  William is considerably more talkative in the company of the others, and gets into a heated discussion with John Holbrook and Matthew Wood about the political situation in the Colony.  The evening passes quickly then, and soon the two visitors take their leave.  Evaluating his behavior, Kit thinks that William must have been very uneasy in her presence, and is relieved to think that she will not have to deal with him again.

Mercy and Judith interpret William's intentions differently, however.  They think that William plans to continue his courtship, having made up his mind to marry Kit.  The reason for their belief is because William spoke about "starting to build his house", something he had said he would not do until "his mind was made up" (Chapter 7).

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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