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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

The Witch of Blackbird Pond


by Elizabeth George Speare

The Witch of Blackbird Pond Chapter 5 Summary

  • Sunday rolls around and it’s time for church. Kit’s overly-fancy flowered dress draws objections from Uncle Matthew and the jealous Judith, but Aunt Rachel argues that everyone in town will be sympathetic and know Kit hasn’t had time to get new, plainer clothes.
  • Walking through High Street, Kit barely even registers that they are in town. No stone buildings – only a pillory and a whipping post!
  • In church, the men sit on one side and the women on the other. The service is plain, though there are some in the congregation who are dressed as fashionably as Kit herself.
  • A small group of boys get in trouble when one of them catches a fly and the rest fall into a laughing fit. Kit must fight back a giggle herself.
  • Several hours pass and the service is finally over. Outside the Meeting House, Kit is introduced to Reverend Gersholm Bulkeley. She also sees her acquaintance from the boat, John Holbrook, who is now a student of Reverend Bulkeley’s.
  • John gushes about the service and Kit, who was bored the whole time, can’t find much of a response. Judith butts into the conversation and chats up John.
  • Kit is also introduced to a very fashionable woman, Mistress Ashby, and her son William. Kit flashes a pretty smile at William, and the guy is dazzled.
  • On the walk back, Judith comments that John Holbrook is a handsome one. She asks Kit if she has set her “cap for him” (5.34). Kit says no. Judith also comments that Kit certainly made an impression on William Ashby.
  • As they walk, Kit and Judith pass by tiny houses called Sabbath houses. Kit asks what the buildings are for, and Judith tells her they were built for families who live far away so that they can cook meals between services.
  • Between services? That’s when Kit realizes that they’ll have to attend another service in the afternoon. Harrumph!

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