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The Witch of Blackbird Pond

The Witch of Blackbird Pond


by Elizabeth George Speare

Judith Wood

Character Analysis

Judith, with her “clear white skin” and thrilling blue eyes, is the belle of Wethersfield (3.23). As the narrator tells us, she is like her once-beautiful mother Rachel who “could have been the toast of the regiment” (3.23).

Judith’s character is a contrast to Kit’s. While both young girls are headstrong and love beautiful luxuries, Judith is a product of her Puritan home. Unlike Kit who grew up pretty pampered, Judith is a very hard worker and is far more practical and concerned with monetary things. When William Ashby describes the many details of his new house, for example, Judith is always sure to pay very close attention. Interior decorating and home improvement delight her to no end. She is different from both Kit and Mercy in this respect.

As for her part in the story, Judith unwittingly strong-arms John Holbrook away from her sister Mercy. Judith is ill matched with the bookish John Holbrook. Eventually she is married to William Ashby, a far more appropriate match.