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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

by Elizabeth George Speare

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Exploring the Relationship and Interactions Between Kit and William in The Witch of Blackbird Pond

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The relationship between Kit and William in The Witch of Blackbird Pond is complex and evolves over time. Initially, William is attracted to Kit's beauty and proposes to her, but their differing values and perspectives create tension. Kit's free-spirited nature contrasts with William's traditional views, leading to a strained relationship that ultimately ends without marriage.

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What was William's "call" on Kit in The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

In accordance with the time and the culture, William is courting Kit. His unspoken intentions are not immediately known to Kit. Judith has to explain them to her. When he mentions the work on his house, he is letting Kit know that he will soon be asking her uncle for his blessing in their marriage. He is building a fine house for himself and his future life. All of the time that he spends with Kit shows that she is the one he intends to marry.

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What was William's "call" on Kit in The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

William calls on Kit many times, starting in Chapter 7. The visits are always pretty uncomfortable for Kit, because they seem to have nothing to talk about and he seems content to just sit. She doesn't know what is expected of her, and their time together is stiff, literally so in William's case. (Look at how he sits.)
When they do talk, William will sometimes drop deeply meaningful thoughts or observations into the conversation that indicate his future plans, but Kit misses their meaning a lot of the time, and the others, especially Judith, must interpret.

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What is the nature of Kit's final conversation with William in The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

The most significant conversation between Kit and William came after Kit’s inquiry. It is important to know that during the proceedings, William purposefully stayed away from the courthouse. Kit wanted desperately to have him as her champion and was was deeply disappointed that he did not come. Their final conversation began with William explaining that he could forgive Kit if she would change her odd ways. He felt that if she tried, she could fit in to the community. Kit told him that she did not want a life where she couldn’t choose her own friends. She said they would be uneasy with each other for their whole lives. Each would want the other to change. They parted, both understanding that the courtship was over.

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What is the nature of Kit's final conversation with William in The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

While we can and should assume they talk many more times (they live in the same small community, after all), the final conversation included in the book is when Kit turns William away, telling him they won't be getting married.

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What is the relationship between Kit and William in The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

When William first sees Kit at Meeting, he is impressed and entranced by Kit. Kit is different from any of the girls in Wethersfield, and he is especially impressed by her manner of dress, as she is dressed in beautiful, opulent, and colorful clothes, unlike any of the modestly dressed townsfolk in Wethersfield. Upon seeing her and falling instantly "in love," William asks permission to call on Kit. 

However, when William calls on Saturday evenings Kit finds him boring and has trouble making conversation. William is content to sit quietly and look at her, but Kit is bored and annoyed that he is there most evenings. The only time that Kit shows any admiration for William is when he stands up to Matthew.

William, who is wealthy and of high social standing, takes it for granted that Kit will want to marry him and begins building a large house for them.

When Kit is accused of being a witch, she hopes that William will come to her rescue; however, he doesn't want any association with her that might damage his social status.

Once Kit is acquitted, William returns to call on Kit, but she no longer wants anything to do with him, knowing that she can't depend on him. 

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