The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

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Summary and Analysis: Chapter 14

When October arrives, Kit is completely unprepared for the beauty of the changing colors of the leaves. She also catches sight of something almost as striking: she sees her Uncle Matthew touching the soil in the garden and crumbling it through his fingers with reverence. Kit is baffled by why this image seems to hurt, but she is distracted by Judith’s call telling her a trading ship is coming into town. This makes her realize how much she would like to see the Dolphin—and Nat—again. The trading ship does turn out to be the Dolphin, and when the girls go watch it unload cargo, Nat comes over to see Kit and to give her a package for Hannah.

Kit suggests that Nat should deliver it himself, but Captain Eaton wants to sail right away. Nat is also pretty bitter about another cargo—fancy windows shipped from England to William Ashby for the house he is building for his new bride—and tells Kit she should have told him she was getting married. As the girls walk home, Judith quizzes Kit about how she knows Nat (and, by implication, why he should care she was getting married), but the conversation is cut short by finding Rachel at...

(The entire section is 417 words.)