Paris, the city of lights, is another important symbol in the story. For Mattie Paris represents a dream world full of glamor and excitement. It's a place where she can buy trinkets which she hopes to sell to her customers in the coffee shop. Mattie has grown up very quickly in the midst of this terrible epidemic, but she still has her dreams, and those dreams allow her to transcend her immediate surroundings, with all their death and suffering. However, they are not pipe dreams; as we've already said, Mattie has grown up considerably due to her experiences. Her visions of Paris and all they represent are still rooted in what is practical: they will help to expand her business.