The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

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Summary and Analysis: Chapter 18

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A deacon from Matthew’s church and a town constable: both of these men accompany the Cruffs to make their accusation of witchcraft against Kit.

The constable’s wife: the woman who feeds Kit the evening she is locked up and speaks kindly to her.

Once she is dry and fed, Kit feels much better, and with her cousins both returning to health and Hannah rescued, the world seems a brighter place. That morning she thanks her uncle for his words protecting her the night before, and Matthew, in turn, thanks Kit for all she has done for his daughters during the past week of intense illness. Despite this moment of closeness, Kit cannot bring herself to admit the times she has skipped out of work to go visit Hannah.

Later that day, four visitors from the village come to the Wood house to arrest Kit for witchcraft. Goodwife Cruff claims that the reason Hannah got away is because Kit helped her and that Hannah’s cat carried her away in the form of a mouse. Matthew is unimpressed, and Kit is about to laugh, until the constable reveals the silver hornbook Kit had been using to teach Prudence...

(The entire section is 404 words.)