What are Sabbath Houses? Why does their existence cause Kit to be dismayed?

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One Sunday, as Kit and Judith are walking back home from church, they pass a row of tiny houses. Kit asks Judith what they are. Judith tells her that they're Sabbath houses, places where members of the congregation who live far away from the church can get together and cook...

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One Sunday, as Kit and Judith are walking back home from church, they pass a row of tiny houses. Kit asks Judith what they are. Judith tells her that they're Sabbath houses, places where members of the congregation who live far away from the church can get together and cook meals in-between services.

Kit is instantly dismayed. Services means more than one service. That means, that in addition to the service she's already attended that morning, she'll have to attend another one later on. It's fair to say that the prospect of going back to church doesn't exactly fill Kit's heart with gladness. Although she's a Christian, this is not the kind of devotion that she's used to back home. But Connecticut is Puritan country, and this is the way that Puritans worship.

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