Katherine Tyler is the orphaned protagonist. She is the character we follow throughout the book on her search for identity and a place she can call home. The narration is centered on Kit’s consciousness.
While the story is about Kit Tyler, there is another character who is on a journey to find himself. John’s journey mirrors Kit’s in many senses. John arrives in Wethersfield at the same time as Kit, and from there he must learn to be his own man. John must decide what he thinks politically with Uncle Matthew and Gersholm Bulkeley. He must also decide who he will marry: will he let himself be bullied into marriage with Judith or will he marry Mercy, the woman he loves?