What do Hannah and the Meadow offer Kit that she cannot find elsewhere in the Puritan society?

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When Kit is living with her new relatives she is considered vain and proud.  These are not acceptable qualities in the Puritan society.  She arrives with trunks full of beautiful dresses and other material possessions that her new family has never dreamed of.  Her Uncle and Aunt refuse to let their girls become part of this material world and forbid Kit to continue wearing these things.  They stifle Kit's imagination and her freedom to be the beautiful dreamer that she was. 

When Kit finds the meadow and Hanna her life gets better.  They offer peace and the acceptance of being herself. The meadow and Hanna offer a sense of freedom for her and this is most important, because that is why she sailed from Barbados to begin with; for freedom. Hanna is an outcast in the community because of rumor and prejudice.  She welcomes Kit into her home and they share many hours together.  In the meadow Kit can feel free and dream and pretend that her life is better and that her future will hold happiness and love.

"Kit finds her way to her freedom in stumbling fits and starts, and, to be frank, at times she is simply lucky. For Kit to have talked to John Holbrook about reading and for him to have mentioned it to those making decisions about teachers, for Hannah Tucker to live by the meadows and to be walking in them when Kit has such emotional distress, or for the Dolphin to emerge on the river when Kit is trying to help Hannah escape the mob, all of these are lucky coincidences indeed. However, in Kit’s actions we see the personal and emotional components needed for freedom: one needs to be born free, to be educated, to have a loving upbringing, and to meet up with good people."

 

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