Lucille told Mattie that Polly died. Mattie would not believe that Polly died. She got the chills thinking that she had actually died.
Lucille was diagnosed with yellow fever. Dr. Kerr says the only way to get rid of it is to take her blood. He cut a slit in her arm with a lancet and poured her blood into basins.
On grandfather and Mattie’s way up to Ludington’s farm, they stopped to get checked by a doctor. When Mattie tried to wake grandfather up, he wouldn't get up, but the doctor finally woke grandfather up. The doctor says he has yellow fever, so they kicked him and Mattie off of the cart.
The thieves were trying to hurt grandfather. Mattie decided to take the sword and slice the crooks shoulder open. They ended up punching him and he died.