For a girl in the 17th-century, marriage was the major aim of her life. Her role as a wife and mother would come to wholly define her as a person. Needless to say, the question of marriage was huge for young women in the era, as it is for the female characters of The Witch of Blackbird Pond. Kit must decide whether she can abide William Ashby for the life of luxury he offers, or if perhaps love is more important when starting a family. This question is echoed in the experiences of Judith and Mercy, who must also find proper partners.
The book argues that love is the most important concern when it comes to picking a husband or wife.
Though marriage was inevitable for women in the seventeenth-century, women today have many other options.