Pastor Mayfield announces that Caleb will come to live with them and learn along with Makepeace and Joel, another Wampanoag who has converted to Christianity; he may later go to the Indian School at Harvard. She learns that her father is considering marrying her to Noah Merry, a young farmer nearby.
The stilted language makes it feel authentic but causes me to see too many words as terms rather than as phrases and sentences telling me a story. Also, her friendship with Caleb deepens. Narrative action in this part of the book also explores the tensions between whites and Calebs crossing crossing on the island where Bethia and her family have made their home, and the tensions within her own family.
Might be just me. Shortly before their graduation, Joel is murdered by natives resentful of white incursions into their territory and spirituality, while Caleb falls ill with tuberculosis. I enjoyed the characters and the story, but I was never completely absorbed in it.
Her mother died in childbirth, Calebs crossing with the unnamed baby. Bethia most misses her twin brother, Zuriel, who died in an accident. You could be forgiven for thinking you are reading a diary or true account of an English-American woman of the s.
It had rained hard the night before; that kind of heavy, sharp-scented summer rain that lays the dust and washes the pollen from the air, leaving everything rinsed and bright. By the end of Part 1, Caleb and his friend Joel have become thoroughly versed in Christian studies and professed themselves Christian, suppressing their native identity which, however, resurfaces occasionally.
Resisting the female role that is expected of a Puritan girl of that time, Bethia listened as her father taught Zuriel. While there, two natives arrive to tell of a visitor at their village who is ill.
My mother taught me the use of silence. Bethia is bothered by the lack of respect the colonists show toward nature.
As Pastor Mayfield tends to him, Bethia takes some of the hellebore and has wild hallucinations. But I came, by stages, to worship it. He readily agrees, but Bethia overhears the Wampanoag question his teaching.
Bethia promises to bring him her catechism and hopes she can introduce him to Christianity. Caleb is confused, but he is interested in her ability to read of past wisdom from a book.
When she was forced from the house, Bethia continued to study in secret. I was fascinated by the Calebs crossing about the Wampanoag people and how they lived, and I still enjoy her fine writing.
Her love of learning is her secret sin. A brief afterword by the author describes the historical sources she used as the basis for the book.
He was, quite simply, my dearest friend. Makepeace becomes suspicious and jealous of Caleb and even accuses Bethia of secretly lusting after him. Afterward, she sees this as evidence that she is one of those condemned by God from birth. The book concentrates on her desire to learn and on the Native Americans being invited to learn and study at the new Harvard College from the age of But it was his light temper and his easy laugh that drew me close to him, over time, until I forgot he was a half-naked, sassafras-scented heathen anointed with raccoon grease.
Bethia describes how she and Caleb came to be good friends and how she is both excited and scared by the prospect of his moving into her home.
Because of him, the sea to me was no longer an opaque mystery, but a most useful lens. Caleb announces to Bethia that he will not see her anymore; he is to undergo a trial by ordeal. This section contains words approx.Caleb's Crossing Summary & Study Guide includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis, quotes, character descriptions, themes, and more.
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