Later in the story, Mattie's mother gets the Fever, and Mattie and Grandfather William have to leave. While riding, Grandfather coughs a little, and the rider thinks that Grandfather is sick, but Matilda back snaps at him, showing that her attitude towards men has changed.
Is your Grandfather sick? Does he have the fever as well? I ain't allowin' Fever victims in the wagon.
*cough* *cough* *cough*
He's fine. Keep watch you don't get off the road and mind your beeswax!
Yikes Matilda. You certainly have an attitude, just like your mother, ordering menfolk around.
But a while later, they bump into four men with guns! Luckily, or so I thought, they were just checking for any Fever victims., but then, something unexpected happened.
Stop your whimpering, we mean you no harm. We were authorized by the town council to see if any travelers have the Fever. Our physician will see you now.
When the physician woke Grandfather, who had been sleeping, he awoke with a start. When the physician tested him to see if he was sick, he confirmed that Grandfather William was infected with disease.
I apologize, Captain William, but you are infected with disease. You have to return to Philadelphia.
Oh, I REALLY hope that Grandfather is not sick! What if he has the Fever?WHAT!?