Reading Project//Fever 1793

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  • My name is Matilda Cook and I live with my mother, my grandfather, and my mother's friend Eliza is always around. Me and my old playmate Polly help around the coffee shop my mother owns. 
  • Oh what am I thinking she is probably staring at the blacksmith boy again.
  • Matilda, where is Polly?
  • I just got word she died of a fever last night.
  •  Not shortly after we found out about Polly, momma came down sick with a fever and the doctor said she had the yellow fever as well. She told me and Grandfather to leave and get to fresh air from the country until this all was over. We had no choice, we left.
  • When we got on to leave, they told us no and we had to go again all alone, but when we got home to find mother, it was trashed by thieves. Some more came and took my grandfather from me. 
  • Matlida! Let's just leave it be.
  • I somehow found Eliza and then I stayed with her awhile, and after being alone for awhile it felt amazing. We decided to fix up to restaurant, so we went back and then we ran it as partners.
  • We waited until after the frost came before we opened so people would feel safer from the fever when the frost killed it off.
  • After the frost, just as we had predicted, everyone came rushing back and people were crowding the building, happy to see each other after so long. We made good money with Eliza as cook and me as waitress, we did get some help though, from a few special people.
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