Describing words allow readers to create a mental image of what the author is describing. These mental images help the reader to connect on a deeper scale with the characters. As for Kit, the protagonist of The Witch of Blackbird Pond, her characterization by Elizabeth George Speare (the author) proves important. The novel needs her connection with Hannah Tupper to allow Kit to make the connection between her own life as an outcast. In the same way, Speare needs to define and describe Kit in such a way that readers are able to connect as well.
Words specifically chosen to describe and illustrate Kit are as follows: staring hungrily (1), sudden impulse (5), forgotten (5), guiltily (6), embarrassed (6), curious (6), scornfully (9), uneasy (12), indigent (13), frustration (16), and uneasy (20).
Given the descriptive and vast nature of the words chosen to define and describe Kit in the first twenty pages, one can see how complex a character she will prove to be.