The Witch of Blackbird Pond - Chapter 16 Summary & Analysis

Elizabeth George Speare
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Chapter 16 Summary

Matthew Wood is very annoyed. Governor Andros decides to change the date of their Thanksgiving celebration. Matthew considers this a totally unnecessary interference in the settlers' business. To make things worse, there has been quite a disturbance in the town on the last night. Some of the young sailors have gone into town to celebrate All Hallows Eve. They are boisterous and have put Jack-o-lanterns into the windows of the house William is building. This behavior is considered ungodly and blasphemous. The young men have been caught and put into the stocks.

Kit has the suspicion that the sailors are from the Dolphin. When she goes down to the town square, she does indeed see the Dolphin sailors and Nat in the docks. A group of young boys are throwing mud and fruit at them. As a part of their punishment, the sailors will have to pay...

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