"Once when I was a kid we went ashore at Jamaica, an in the marketplace there was a man with some birds for sale. They were sort of yellow-green with scarlet patches. I was bent on taking one home to my grandmother's in Saybrook. But father explained that it wasn't meant to live up here." (Speare 127)
"'Of course I mean John. You know how he is, Kit. So serious and shy. He'll never be able to find his tongue if I don't help him out.'" (Speare 134 &135)
"'You mean --- John Holbrook?'"
"'...You know, Kit, there are a few people here in town who still haven't forgotten that day you jumped into the river. if they find out that you're acquainted with a witch ---.'"
"'Witchcraft isn't silly, Kit. Dr. Bulkeley says ---'"
"'Oh, Dr. Bulkeley says! Don't you ever think for yourself anymore, John!?'" (Speare 137)
"'John, how can you pay attention to anything so silly?'"
"Why do you think I come so often?'" (Speare 139)
"'John! Why should you want to talk to Mercy?'"
"'TELL THEM!!!'" (Speare 142)
"'Oh father... you know what he wants to ask! Say yes now...you must have guessed John doesn't need to tell you!'"
"'If you will come courting such a headstrong, brazen girl. Then I can only give you both my blessing.'"
"'I think I shall stay here'"
'"Why not? Don't you want to marry me, Kit?'"(Speare 145)
"'Please, William, don't speak to him yet [Matthew]'"