Cue for Treason

Kit the Heroine 9th Grade

In Cue for Treason by Geoffrey Trease, a story of injustice, betrayal, and love is delivered from the perspective of Peter Brownrigg. Peter is a fourteen year-old Cumberland farm boy in the Elizabethan times, who ran away from home chased by the county nobility and ended up as the heroic savior of Queen Elizabeth. Of course, Peter would not have accomplished any of his feats without his friend Katherine Russell, also as known as Kit Kirkstone. With her independence, courage, and intelligence, Kit is a true heroine.

Independence comes first and foremost among Kit's virtues, since it induces Kit to rely on her own judgment and act as she deems fit. For example, Kit’s “guardian wanted [her] to marry a man [she] didn’t like”, but knows that “the man is a brute,” who “doesn’t care twopence about [her], really - treats [her] like a child” and that “All he wants to do is to lay hands on [her] estate… trying to fix up a formal public engagement before [she] was old enough to realize how serious it all was… thinking [she] wouldn’t dare to break it off and as soon as [she] is fifteen or so he’d marry [her] and take everything.” Thus, our protagonist “ran away from [her] guardian’s house one evening as soon as it was dark, and then [she]...

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