What is the resolution in the story Fever 1793?

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Fever 1793, by Laurie Halse Anderson, was published in 2000. It is a historical novel about the 1793 yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia, which killed approximately 10% of the city’s population.

The resolution of the story begins when Mattie plans to re-open the family's coffee shop in the city. This is an indication that life is starting to return to normal. She is also preparing for the return of her mother. This resolution continues when people begin to return to Philadelphia—including Mattie's mother and George Washington. This indicates that the city is once more a safe place for people to live. Mattie’s mother was infected and had been missing for several weeks. Upon her return, she is now an invalid and Mattie becomes her carer.

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The resolution (what happens after the climax of the story where the problem is resolved) is when Mattie's mother follows George Washington back into Philadelphia. His arrival signals the "all clear" for the plague refugees. People may return and live once more in the city. Mattie has reopened the family's coffeehouse and is making a satisfactory return to life before the plague. Nathaniel's presence also shows that the young couple will probably marry in the years to come. Mattie's mother is now an invalid, so Mattie will be the adult figure, making a living and caring for her mother much the way her mother cared for her as a child. Eliza has been made a partner in the business. This  shows that black people in Philadelphia at the time had the freedom to own and operate a business which signalled an equality to whites.

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