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Eposition: Matilda, Lucile, and Grandfather Cook own a coffeehouse in 1793, Philadelphia.. Mother is very stern, Grandfather was a veteran in the Revolutionary War, and Matilda is a somewhat lazy child. Deaths have been occurring which are the effects of the yellow fever.
Rising Action: Mother falls ill of the yellow fever. Everyone is very afraid for their close relative. She sends Mattie and Grandfather to a friend's farm to stay safe , away from the fever. The Cook's maid, Eliza, stays behind to care for her.
Rising Action:On the way out of Philadelphia, Grandfather and Mattie are kicked out of the buggy, owned by others, because they think that Grandfather has the yellow fever. He does become sick along with Mattie and they are forced to live on the side of the streets.
Climax: Grandfather and Mattie are take care of at Bush Hill and are healthy enough to return home to the coffeehouse. Mattie leave the windows open allowing burglars to enter and steal from the Cooks after they already have been. Grandfather uses all of his energy to fight of the burglars, but unfortunately he dies.
Falling Action: Mattie reunites with Eliza who is now part of the Free African Society along with Mama and her brother and his twin children. They start to take care of a young girl named Nell. Nell and the twins get the yellow fever but are saved when frost come and the epidemic has started to go away.
Resolution: The yellow fever as been terminated and Lucille Cook returns to the coffeehouse. Business is back to normal and Eliza starts to co-run the coffeehouse.The president comes back into the city which is an omen for the fever to be ended. Mother returns to full health and everything has changed but is back to normal.
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