In Fever 1793, what type of house do the Ogilvies live in?

The house that the Ogilvies live in is a large, elegant mansion. This is dwelling entirely fitting for such frightful snobs. One of the finest families in Philadelphia, they live in a house that reflects their high social status.

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The Ogilvies may live in a large mansion and have lots of money, but Matilda is singularly unimpressed. She doesn’t like the Ogilvies, and it’s not hard to see why: they are crashing snobs. Matilda’s mother, on the other hand, is very keen—rather too keen for Mattie’s liking—to marry her...

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The Ogilvies may live in a large mansion and have lots of money, but Matilda is singularly unimpressed. She doesn’t like the Ogilvies, and it’s not hard to see why: they are crashing snobs. Matilda’s mother, on the other hand, is very keen—rather too keen for Mattie’s liking—to marry her off to one of the Ogilvies’ sons, Edward.

But as Mattie’s mother tells her daughter, she only wants the best for her. Marrying into the Ogilvies would be a very big move for the Cook family; it would raise their social status no end. So when Mattie and her mom receive an invitation to tea from Pernilla, the formidable matriarch of the Ogilvie clan, Mattie’s mom sees this as a great opportunity.

Come the big day, Mattie’s mom puts her into a tight, uncomfortable dress designed to give her the proper posture for a lady, just the kind of lady in fact that the snobby Ogilvies, living in their big mansion, would find most agreeable. Mattie's none too thrilled about this, as we'd imagine. When she and her mother finally arrive at the mansion, Mattie's feeling more uneasy than ever. As well as not looking forward to taking tea with the Ogilvies, her clothing is very uncomfortable; the stays beneath her dress are biting into her stomach and her shift is already soaked with sweat. If this is how the upper-class feel all the time, thinks Mattie, no wonder they're all so cross.

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