The Witch of Blackbird Pond
by Elizabeth George Speare
Character Role Analysis
Nat Eaton and William Ashby
William Ashby courts Kit through the first part of the novel. He is one of the richest men in town. Marriage to him represents a life of leisure and comfort – the kind Kit was used to in Barbados. William himself, though, is rather dull. He and Kit have very little to talk about.
Nat Eaton is the smirking seaman from the Dolphin. Their friendship with Hannah (and mutual love of Shakespeare’s The Tempest) brings them both together. They both value friendship and the people around them. Nat comes to Kit’s aid when she is on trial for witchcraft, and the two are to be married as the novel concludes.