Mattie Cook lived with her mother, grandfather and Eliza. They all lived above the family coffeehouse. Mattie's mother lost her husband because he fell off a ladder and broke his neck. Eliza, is there coffeehouse cook and a freed slave.
Matilda, you are sleeping half the day away start your work, now!
Mattie's is doing her work and asks her mother where Polly is. Polly helps out at the coffeehouse. Mattie's mother breaks the news to her that Polly passed away. Mattie will have to do more things at the coffeehouse.
Oh no, what am I going to do without Polly?!
Where is Polly?
I am sorry to say that she passed away.
Mattie runs into a boy named Nathanial Benson, who she has a crush on. They talk for a little bit.
Mattie and her mother got dressed up to go to a tea party at the Ogilvie's. Mattie did not want to go at all. At the tea party one of the Ogilvie's collapses and has a mild fever. They figure out that Yellow Fever is spreading.
She has the fever!
Mattie and her grandfather see a man carrying a person in a wheelbarrow, goes to see who it is and she is shocked when it is her mother.