How does Mathilda change in Fever 1793?

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Mathilda (Mattie) matures greatly as a result of her experiences during Philadelphia's 1793 Yellow Fever epidemic.

When the story begins, the teenaged (14-year-old) Mattie depends on her mother and grandfather and often does not see eye-to-eye with her mother, who is very hardworking and demanding. She is an ordinary teenager who has not yet had to think seriously about life or death.

Her mother sends her and her grandfather away when the epidemic begins to rage. Mattie then must...

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