One of the central problems of this brilliant story is that the character of Kit, coming from the light, sunshine and colour of Barbados, finds it so difficult to fit into the drab, serious way of life of her aunt and cousins. If you have a look at the very end of Chapter Five, you can see this problem shown when Kit says adamantly that she will not go to church again on Sunday after having been in the morning. Notice how this is resolved, however:
But one look ahead at her uncle's shoulders, rigid in their Sunday black, and she knew that she would. almost choking with helpless rage she stumbled after Judith...
Kit is forced to fit in as best as she can into her new society, though her determination to be herself and to not change completely results in the central conflict of this story. This is something that is shown again and again, such as when she gets the children she is teaching to perform a play of the Parable of the Good Samaritan and it all goes very wrong indeed.