The Charter granted by his majesty King Charles the second to the Governor Company of the English Colony of Connecticut is New-England in America.
Many of the people of Wethersfield go to a husking bee, or a big party where everyone goes to husk corn. Everyone there was having fun by singing and telling jokes. Even Kit had fun for once. Judith found the lucky red ear of corn and said she had no need for it because she was engaged to John.
On Kit's way back from gathering the rest of the corn, she saw John walking in the same direction. They talk more and Kit learns that John was in love with Mercy the whole time and not Judith. He had no idea that everyone thought that he wanted to marry Judith but Kit is happy for him and suggests that he tells her later that night.
The charter of New England allowed the New Englanders to be free from British rule. Governor Andros has been sent to take the charter away because is "was never intended to be as free as they had made it." But later, William tells the Wood family that the candles blown out and the charter was stolen.
Nat and other rivermen put jack-o-lanterns in the windows of the house that William Ashby was building as a prank just before midnight. Nat did it because he was upset that William Ashby was intending to marry Kit. The men were found and punished by being put in the stocks, paying a fine, and then banished from Wethersfield.
Kit visits Hannah's house and Kit tells Hannah that she wants to move in with William to escape Uncle Matthew. Hannah tells her that she won't be escaping anything is she marries without love. Prudence comes by to tell them the news about Nat and Kit learns that he will be banished from Wethersfield. Kit also finds out that Nat has been listening to Prudence read and Kit becomes a little jealous that they were there all together while she had to work in the cornfield.
In the beginning of the story, Prudence is very woebegone and timid. Then, after she met Kit and was introduced to Hannah and Nat, she was happier, flourished, and much more educated from reading with Kit. She will continue to go to Hannah's because she doesn't care what the Puritans do to her as long as Kit and Hannah continue to let her come. When Prudence wrote for the first time, she was awestruck at her own handiwork. Kit had some foreknowledge that that would be the last afternoon the three spent together because it was to dangerous to risk anymore.