The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

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During the trial of The Witch of Blackbird Pond, are all their problems solved?

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The trial scene, which occurs in Chapter 19 of this excellent novel, certainly represents the climax that the rising action has been leading to. Kit finally faces the accusations of witchcraft head-on and the fortunate appearance of Nat and Prudence, and her first act of reading in public, is enough to show everyone the falsity of those accusations. In addition, Goodman Cruff finally stands up against his shrewish wife, Goodwife Cruff, out of pride for what his daughter has accomplished. However, crucially, the one issue that is left unresolved, at least in this chapter, is the nature of the relationship between Kit and Nat. He has fortunately managed to leave before he is caught again to face the thirty lashes that it was said he would face if he appeared in the town again after vandalising houses. Nat has shown his care and love for Kit by organising for Prudence to read and thus proving Kit innocent, but Kit has still to come to terms with her feelings for him, which she does in the final chapter:

It must have been Nat from the beginning, she admitted now, and with that knowledge came a sureness that she had never known in all the last bewildering year.

It is this final element that is not resolved during the trial scene, although so much else is.

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