Mattie, (sob), I spoke with Polly's mother a while ago, but...but
Matilda, Polly's DEAD.
But what Mother? Is anything wrong?
Mattie was so sad.
I don't know. Let's not think about it now. Why don't we check on the coffeehouse?
How did Polly suddenly die like that? So sad!
At the coffeehouse, Mattie's grandfather is talking to a lawyer about a foul stench .She thinks that might have killed Polly.
Did you hear about the miasma near Ball Wharf?
Yes, it has a foul stench, indeed!It must have been deadly!
Could a miasma have been the one that killed Polly?
WOW! That's almost 8 people per day! This was more scarier than I thought it would be.
In about a week, almost 64 people had died! This fever was turning out to be a nightmare!
I say, have you heard? About 64 people have died in only one week!
You have been doing too much. Why don't you let the child go?
Meanwhile, back at Mattie's place, her mom and William were talking about Polly, and what to do for the next day. Knowing that Lucille was too tired, Grandfather suggested an idea. Matilda saw her chance to escape from all this chaos..
Grandfather is right. You need to rest. I know what we need. Can I please go?
Ugh, great. Now I need to go get stuff from the grocery again.
Matilda meets Nathaniel Benson, a painter who works for the Peale family.
What are YOU doing here, Natha- hey! Give me that!
Hello Mattie, Master Peale gave me the day off, so I am going fishing. Do you want to join me?
DING, DING, DING, DING, DING, DING
Great, ANOTHER person dead.
Well, I, um, uh, oh all right. But you must not pass any stalls on Third Street, nor Second Street Market. And not the Peale House.