What is a summary of chapters 1–8 in The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

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Chapter 1 begins in April of 1687, and we are introduced to Kit Tyler standing on the deck of a ship heading toward Connecticut. We are not told why she is heading to Connecticut, but we do find out...

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Chapter 1 begins in April of 1687, and we are introduced to Kit Tyler standing on the deck of a ship heading toward Connecticut. We are not told why she is heading to Connecticut, but we do find out that she is leaving Barbados. Chapter 1 also introduces readers to Nat, and we get to see the beginning of a possible attraction between the two characters. The ship eventually drops anchor and passengers and supplies are off loaded. Kit is none too excited to head into shore and thinks that Connecticut looks incredibly dreary.

Kit glanced again at the forbidding shore. She could see nothing about it to put such a twinkle of anticipation in anyone's eye. Could there be some charm that was not visible from out here in the harbor?

This is not Kit's final destination, but she decides to get a closer look at America. She accompanies the passengers to shore, but the she must return to the ship. On the way back to the ship, a little girl loses her doll into the water, and nobody does anything about it. Kit jumps into the water, retrieves the doll, and swims back to the small boat. Everybody is surprised at her behavior and immediately wary of her because apparently a woman swimming is so foreign that superstitious fears are awoken.

Her eyes widened. "Swim?" she echoed scornfully. "Why my grandfather taught me to swim as soon as I could walk."

The others stared at her in suspicion. As though she had sprouted a tail and fins right before their eyes.

Back on board the ship, the passengers all give Kit a wide berth, and Kit's remaining journey to Wethersfield is quite lonely. The only passenger that is willing to engage Kit in any conversation is John Holbrook. He is heading toward Wethersfield to become a clergyman, and Kit tells him why she is heading to America.

"I am Katherine Tyler," she answered forthrightly. "I am on the way to
Wethersfield to live with my aunt, Mistress Wood."

What Kit doesn't say is that the Wood family has no idea she is coming, but readers won't learn that detail until chapter 2. The chapter ends on a rather ominous note. Kit is told that she will be eating with Goodwife Cruff and her family. Kit and Cruff are both not happy about the situation. Kit thinks Cruff is mean, and Cruff now thinks Kit a possible witch since Kit didn't sink like a stone.

"She has been insisting to my father that you are a witch. She says no respectable woman could keep afloat in the water like that."

"How dare she!" Kit flared, indignant as much at his tone as at the dread word he uttered so carelessly.

"Don't you know about the water trial?" Nat's eyes deliberately taunted her, "'Tis a sure test. I've seen it myself. A true witch will always float. The innocent ones just sink like a stone."

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In the first chapter Kit arrives in the new world (and jumps in the river to save the girl's toy, provoking fears of witchery).
In the second the ship sails to Wethersfield.
In 3 she meets Matthew Woods and his family.
In 4 she unpacks (and sees her clothes are too fine for the town).
In 5 they go to church.
In 6 Reverend Bulkeley comes to dinner and the idea of rebellion is introduced.
In 7 William comes to call on Kit for the first time.
In 8 the widow's house is pointed out.

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