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Who is Goodwife Cruff in The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

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Goodwife Cruff is a significant character because she leads the accusations against Kit. Goodwife Cruff first claims Kit must be a witch when Kit jumps into the water to retrieve Prudence's dropped doll: "no respectable woman could keep afloat in the water."

Kit jumps in the water because she sees how upset Prudence is. Goodwife Cruff is not as caring, even though Prudence is her own daughter. Instead of being thankful, she has it out for Kit. She also believes the becalmed ship is because of Kit.

Goodwife Cruff is very unfriendly. She is even mean to her own family, as she believes...

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