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Fever 1793

Matilda Cook (Mattie) is the protagonist of Fever 1793, a young adult historical novel by Laura Halse Anderson that takes place in Philadephia during a yellow fever outbreak that killed ten percent...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2019 9:25 pm UTC

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Fever 1793

Upon recovering from the yellow fever at Bush Hill, Matilda and her grandfather return to the Cook Coffeehouse, the business run by her family in the heart of Philadelphia. They discover a yellow...

Latest answer posted June 2, 2018 6:01 pm UTC

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Fever 1793

I believe that your question refers to the package that Mattie receives in chapter 10. This is a dire time for Mattie. Her mother has contracted the fever and is being bled by Dr. Kerr. Her...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2020 8:11 pm UTC

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Eliza, saying the kitchen is plagued with flies, sends Mattie out to the back garden to clip asparagus to ward them off. Mattie does so, noting how poor the garden looks, even with her watering....

Latest answer posted December 13, 2019 4:17 am UTC

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Fever 1793

I would say it's when Mattie's grandfather dies. At this point, she has to decide what she's going to do. Her life from before is gone, and at first she just wanders the streets of Philadelphia....

Latest answer posted March 2, 2008 12:15 am UTC

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Fever 1793

The genre for "Fever 1793" is called historical fiction. This genre is a sub category in the fiction category where historical events, at least fifty years in the past when written are...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2008 7:45 am UTC

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Early on in the novel, death carts holding the corpses of cholera victims begin to pass the coffeehouse. When a cart goes by the coffeehouse holding the dead body of a man with its arm flopping...

Latest answer posted November 2, 2020 12:46 pm UTC

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In chapter 17, Mattie and her grandfather return to the coffeehouse after being in the hospital. They find it totally ransacked and in complete disrepair. With the cupboards raided and the garden...

Latest answer posted July 6, 2018 6:47 pm UTC

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Fever 1793

Fever 1793 is a work of historical fiction by Laurie Halse Anderson concerning a widespread illness known as "Yellow Fever" spread by infected mosquitoes that many people in Philadelphia,...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2016 1:09 am UTC

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Eliza is a free black woman who works alongside Mattie's mother Lucinda in running the coffeeshop. Nathaniel is a young apprenctice to the painter Charles Wilson Peale who has a crush on Mattie....

Latest answer posted March 10, 2009 5:49 am UTC

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In this chapter, Mother takes time out of her busy schedule to accept an invitation for her and Matilda to have tea with the wealthy Ogilvies. This involves digging a better dress for Mattie out of...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2021 12:29 pm UTC

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In the resolution of the novel, the first frost of winter kills the mosquitoes that carry Yellow Fever, resulting in the end of the epidemic. The spread of the disease is stopped by the cold...

Latest answer posted August 19, 2008 8:20 am UTC

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At the end of Chapter 3, Mattie likens her mother, Lucille, to the captain of a ship. Life was a battle, and Mother a tired and bitter captain. The captain I had to obey. (17) She describes her...

Latest answer posted May 7, 2020 6:22 pm UTC

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Although she complains and can be immature, stamping her foot petulantly when her mother wants to send her away at the plague"s beginning, "Old Mattie" has strong character traits...

Latest answer posted February 8, 2008 5:54 am UTC

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September 25th turns out to be a good day for Mattie because for the first time since the onset of the fever in the city of Philadelphia, she has managed to get through the day with some semblance...

Latest answer posted January 2, 2010 1:48 pm UTC

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Mattie begins her maturation when she flees from the city with her grandfather, they are abandoned, and she must take care of him with few resources. She uses the lessons about soldiering he taught...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2010 6:43 am UTC

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Much to Mattie's annoyance, she and her mother have been invited to afternoon tea by Pernilla Ogilvie. Mattie's mom is positively thrilled by the news; in fact, she says it's the best news in...

Latest answer posted April 27, 2021 9:23 am UTC

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When I give my students a book report, I usually include a handout of the required elements. You don't say if your teacher has given you any parameters for the book report, so I will give you some...

Latest answer posted March 15, 2010 5:08 am UTC

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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....

Latest answer posted July 22, 2020 12:45 pm UTC

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It seems that Mattie and her mother were invited for tea at the Ogilvie mansion because Pernilla Ogilvie was feeling starved for conversation. Pernilla tells them that she has invited them over to...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019 2:42 am UTC

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Although she is being urged to sell the coffeehouse after the cholera epidemic, Matilda's (Mattie's) plan is to reopen it for business. When people tell her she can't run it on her own, she reveals...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2020 12:42 pm UTC

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Fever 1793

Matilda has been struck down by the yellow fever epidemic that's raging through Philadelphia. Like many people with the disease, she experiences disturbing nightmares brought on by the fever, which...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2020 12:23 pm UTC

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In Fever 1793, we're told that some people in Philadelphia believe that black people can't catch yellow fever. The underlying prejudice behind such nonsense appears to be that black people are...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2020 12:19 pm UTC

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When frost comes, many of the people who fled Philadelphia because of the cholera epidemic feel the cold makes it safe to return. Mattie watches them come back and feels bitter because they are...

Latest answer posted May 3, 2021 12:56 am UTC

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In chapter 8, Mr. Carris reads the mayor's orders from a broadsheet newspaper. From these orders we can infer some of the factors which people in the story think of as possible causes of yellow...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2019 2:26 pm UTC

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In chapter six of Fever 1793, while Mattie is washing clothes in heat of the oppressively hot and humid Philadelphia summer, she fondly remembers her favorite winter experience. For Mattie, this...

Latest answer posted October 21, 2019 4:23 am UTC

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There are a few things that the looters do not take. Some of them are important and can help Mattie and Grandfather right away, and some are not. One thing the thieves leave behind is the strongbox...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2010 7:27 am UTC

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Fever 1793

Fever 1973 tells the story of a young girl. Matilda (Mattie) Cooks lives a normal life in Philadelphia with her widowed mother and grandfather. They reside in the coffee house in which they happily...

Latest answer posted August 21, 2015 2:49 pm UTC

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Fever 1793

Fever 1793 is set during Philadelphia's notorious yellow fever epidemic in 1793. This highly contagious disease thrives in hot weather, and the summer of 1793 in Philadelphia is hellishly hot....

Latest answer posted April 12, 2018 1:49 pm UTC

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Based on the given quotation, I don't think I would feel very happy at the prospect of living in Philadelphia. The first sentence indicates that there is poverty in the city and that that poverty...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2020 12:42 pm UTC

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You can find the answer to your question about what happens on the walk home from the printer in Chapter 8 of Fever, which opens on September 2nd, 1793. The weather is oppressively hot, mosquitoes...

Latest answer posted December 8, 2019 4:32 am UTC

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In this chapter, Mattie is fourteen years old. The chapter is dated August 16th, 1793. Therefore, if Mattie was four years old when the War of Independence ended in 1783, she would be fourteen in...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2015 6:20 pm UTC

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After carrying Matilda to the mansion on Bush Hill that has been turned into a hospital, Grandfather rides to Matilda's house to let Lucille know that Mattie is in the hospital. He says, however,...

Latest answer posted November 20, 2019 8:17 pm UTC

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The main character (and narrator) of Mattie, or Matilda, demonstrates honesty in two ways: by being a typical teen living in the post-revolutionary period in America and by giving avid examples of...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2015 11:09 am UTC

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Thanks for your question! Chapter 23 of Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson finds the protagonist, Mattie, staying with Eliza, Eliza's husband Joseph, and their two boys, and helping to care for...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2019 7:54 pm UTC

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A better answer might be, who doesn't die? More seriously, this book is based on the actual fever epidemic of 1793, and that disease killed about 10% of the population of Philadelphia (almost 5000...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2007 9:48 am UTC

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The first sign that Grandfather could be ill from yellow fever is in chapter 11, page 78, when he begins coughing in the back of the carriage on the way out of Philadelphia. Initially, he waves off...

Latest answer posted August 12, 2019 11:33 am UTC

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One reason Mother Smith is so gruff is that she was once a slave on a farm. When she leaves Eliza's house after ordering the narrator to stay and eat, she mutters to herself that she "Never thought...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2010 9:43 am UTC

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Fever 1793

Fever 1793 doesn't just provide us with an account of a devastating yellow fever epidemic; it also presents us with a coming-of-age story in which a young girl, Mattie, makes the difficult...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2021 12:00 pm UTC

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Dr. Deveze is a Frenchman who had dealt with the yellow fever before, probably from the colonies near the equator that France had. Dr. Benjamin Rush was a Scotsman who had not encountered the...

Latest answer posted March 31, 2010 6:57 am UTC

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The first two chapters take place in downtown Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in the early days of the new United States. Anderson locates us quickly in this setting as Mattie informs us: My favorite...

Latest answer posted September 19, 2019 12:16 pm UTC

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Fever 1793

The fever of the title has been ravaging Philadelphia, bringing death and suffering to so many people. One of the victims of this terrible disease is Nell's mother. Nell's only a little girl and so...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2018 7:54 am UTC

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Try doing a Google search of French medicine 1793. There is a little information in the Wikipedia article and more in an article on the Yellow Fever in Philadelphia. American doctors were not used...

Latest answer posted April 25, 2010 2:33 am UTC

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The fourteen-year-old protagonist, Mattie, her mother Lucinda is the antagonist. There are other characters, Nathaniel Benson, Mattie's grandfather, Captain Willliam Farnsworth Cook, Nell, and...

Latest answer posted December 12, 2008 7:30 am UTC

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Fever 1793

Fever 1793 tells the story of fourteen-year-old Matilda "Mattie" Cook, who lives with her widowed mother and grandfather above their coffee shop in Philadelphia in 1793. Like any carefree teenager,...

Latest answer posted September 6, 2019 11:04 pm UTC

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On the road to Ludington, Mattie's grandfather tells Mattie that she is "turning into a regular scold." I believe that this reprimand might be more hurtful to Mattie than another for a couple of...

Latest answer posted February 12, 2010 7:23 am UTC

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The main subplot in the novel concerns Mattie's ambitions to be an entrepreneur. After her close friend Polly dies of yellow fever, Mattie takes on a much bigger role in running the family coffee...

Latest answer posted October 9, 2019 6:25 am UTC

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When Mattie calls the parrot, named King George, foul-mouthed, she means it likes to curse. Mattie also calls it rude. It was won in a card game, and it lives in a cage in the coffeehouse. It no...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2019 5:42 pm UTC

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Matilda catches yellow fever herself through treating the sick. It's a highly contagious disease, and anyone who comes into contact with it is in serious danger of getting infected. Thankfully,...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2019 11:13 am UTC

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Mattie isn't truly troubled by this. She may be worried that they are returning when the fever has not totally passed and the plague might return. The return is a sign that the plague has passed...

Latest answer posted May 6, 2010 11:14 pm UTC

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