The Witch of Blackbird Pond

In the book Witch of Blackbird Pond, how does John Holbrook view reading?

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He values this skill as he's had to come by it the hard way. Teaching himself Latin in the wee hours of the night, he sees reading as a means to an end. He's shocked that Kit can read, though, as he inherently believes quite a few sterotypes and rumors about where Kit is from and about women.