Why was Kit nonplussed by John's remark that she ''must have found the sermon uplifting'' in "Witch of Blackbird Pond"?Please help! I can't find the answer...

Why was Kit nonplussed by John's remark that she ''must have found the sermon uplifting'' in "Witch of Blackbird Pond"?

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Kit had found the sermon by Reverend Bulkeley anything but uplifting.  Unused to the long, spare Sunday service of the Puritans, she had struggled mightily to sit still with her hands folded on the "hard narrow pew" of the Meeting house during the seemingly interminable proceedings.  The service lasted "a good two hours", and was for Kit "a test of endurance".  She had been so uncomfortable that "she could not keep her mind on (the sermon) for an instant".

Kit is indeed "nonplussed" when John Holbrook approaches her after Meeting and gravely offers that she "must have found the sermon uplifting".  She cannot believe that he has been so inspired by Reverend Bulkeley's words, when she herself had not been able to concentrate on even a minute of it.

Kit's reaction to John Holbrook's remark emphasizes the complete separation the Puritan Meeting has with Kit's own experience of religion.  In Barbados, "she and her grandfather had seldom attended divine service, except for the Christmas Mass".  For the Puritans of Connecticut Colony, however, Meeting is the focus of the Sabbath, it "is what the Sabbath is for".  The citizens attend lengthy services faithfully in the morning, then return for a second one in the afternoon.  Attendance at these Meetings is so important that tiny "Sabbath houses" have been built near the Meeting House so that families who live too far to go home between services will have a place to stay and cook their meal (Chapter 5).

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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