The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

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What does the red ear of corn signify in Elizabeth George Speare's The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

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The red ear of corn mentioned Chapter 13 signifies a colonial tradition. As described in Chapter 13, just like they had barn raisings and house raisings in which they turned difficult labor into a community event and celebration to help complete the work faster, the colonials also held cornhusking bees in which they made a festivity out of husking the year's corn harvest to have it ready in time to be stored for the winter. As Judith describes to Kit, the cornhusking bee was like a great big party full of music, "cakes and apples and cider." What's more, red ears of corn, which are a different breed of corn and rarer than yellow corn, were treated as a type of prize. Due to the red color , the...

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