What is an important quote Prudence said in "The Witch of Blackbird Pond"?

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Prudence paints a clear picture of her position at home when she tells Kit,

"Pa wanted me to go to school, but Ma says I'm too stupid" (Chapter 11).

She also evidences a precocious kindness of spirit and an unusually keen ability to perceive and sympathize with the needs of others when she observes about the woman she has always been taught to fear,

"I'm going back the first chance I get. Not just because the horn is there. I think Hannah is lonesome. Of course, she has the cat to talk to, but don't you think sometime she must want somebody to answer back?" (Chapter 11).

In the courtroom, Prudence unequivocably counters her mother's hysterical accusation that Kit had been tutoring her in witchcraft by answering Dr. Buckley's question, "What can you read, child?" with the simple words,

"I can read the Bible" (Chapter 19).

Finally, the verse Prudence reads in the courtroom from the Bible sums up some of the largest themes of the narrative,

"Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wis-wisdom, and in-in-instruction, and understanding...The father of the right-righteous shall greatly rejoice; and he that begetteth a wish child shall have joy of him. Thy father and thy mother shall be glad, and she that bare thee shall rejoice" (Chapter 19).

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