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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

by Elizabeth George Speare

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Kit and Nat's relationship and its resolution in "The Witch of Blackbird Pond."

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Kit and Nat's relationship in "The Witch of Blackbird Pond" evolves from initial misunderstandings and conflict to mutual respect and affection. Their bond strengthens through shared experiences and challenges, culminating in Nat's return to propose to Kit, resolving their romantic tension and promising a future together.

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Does Kit from "The Witch of Blackbird Pond" get married?

At the story's end, Kit and Nathaniel are reunited.  Although the story ends before they are actually wed, there is no doubt that their marriage is imminent.

Nat had asked Kit to go with him before, but Kit had demurred, and, as far as he knew when he saw her last, she was going to marry William Ashby.  Realizing that they were not right for each other, however, Kit had broken off her engagement with William, who ended up marrying Kit's cousin Judith, a much better match for him, instead.  After surviving the typhoid epidemic and being accused of witchcraft, Kit had come to accept that she would never be at home in Connceticut Colony, and "all her plans now turned toward Barbados", and Nat, whom she finally perceives as being the one who has loved her all along, just as she is.

When Nathaniel arrives and learns that Kit has not married Ashby, he knows from Kit's demeanor that she will accept his own proposal this time.  Being a proper gentleman who wants to do things right, Nathaniel resolves immediately to ask her Uncle for her hand.  Kit wants to see the new boat Nat has managed to acquire, but Nat refuses.  He wants her to wait until they are married; when he takes her aboard, "it's going to be for keeps".  The book ends with the two of them walking to the Woods's residence, to get the approval of the family and make their plans official (Chapter 21).

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Do Kit and Nat marry at the end of The Witch of Blackbird Pond?

Not in so many words, but it is hinted at. If Nat has his own boat, and he invites Kit to come aboard, the customs back then would require them to be married. An unmarried couple did not sleep in the same area even if there was a crew aboard to chaperone for suitable behavior. Since Kit has survived the witchcraft trial with Nat's help in getting Prudence to testify in her behalf, Kit knows that Nat cares for her. William will not marry her because she was accused of witchcraft, and he must have a wife with a spotless reputation. I can guarantee that they will marry and have children who know how to swim!

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