Mary Shewall soon died after the fever. There may well be a disease in the air. Yellow Fever.
´Balderdash! Bad coffee is a nuisance, but it will not kill anyone. ´
Since Polly is dead, Mattie and her mother have to do extra work around the coffee house. All the costumers around them are talking abut the sickness and how it originated.
At first, mother is diagnosed with autumnal fever, but then Dr. Kerr re diagnosed her and said that she has yellow fever. He then draws blood and says that he has to do this every day.
Grandpa and Mattie were kicked off the wagon because they think Grandpa has yellow fever.
Ch. 26- Epilogue
As Mattie walked down the street, her foot scuffed something and she picked it up— it was a broken doll. She walked inside the nearby house and saw a small child that said her doll was broken as well as her mommy.
On the way back from the orphanage, Nell and Mattie notice that daisies are falling from the nearby window. They think Nathaniel is dropping the flowers. Eliza thinks Nathaniel is trouble, and want to leave.