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1: By: Brian Kaufmann

2: A is for August, 1793(M) | August is the month in which Polly died. | Polly's death was the inciting incident in the story. | "Matilda, Polly's dead."(13) The chapter is: "CHAPTER TWO August 16th, 1793"(6)

3: B is for Bush Hill(F) | Bush Hill was a mansion on Bush Hill turned into a hospital. It was a place where sick fever victims could rest, and potentially get better. When they were all better, they would retreat back to their homes and rest.

4: C is for Coffins(F) | In 1793 during the fever, too many people were dying of the fever. Because of the extremely high death count, people stopped burying the dead in coffins, they just threw people in on top of each other.

5: D is for Death(L) | "I smelled the breath of death for the first time since all this hardship began, and it was scared."(54) | This Statement is an example of personification for death does not have breath.

6: E is for Exposition(P) | This story takes place in Philadelphia, 1793. | Matti, the main character, is a girl living with her mom, grandpa, and maids in Philly. She works and helps out in her family coffee shop. | "My city, Philadelphia, was wide awake. My heart beat faster and my head cleared. Below the window, High Street teemed with horsemen, carriages, and carts"(4)

7: F is for Mrs. Flag(C) | Mrs. Flag is the nurse in Bush Hill who cares for Matti and helps her regain her strength. | "A large women strode to my bedside. She sat a tray on the floor. "I'm Mrs. Flag, and I'm here to care for you"(99) | FLAT & Static

8: G is for Grandfather(C) | Grandfather was Matti's grandfather. He was a soldier and his words are brought up multiple times in the story. | "I am concerned for your future," he said. "We must form our battle plans for this skirmish and the rest of th war"(87) | Flat & Static

9: H is for Horse(L) | "He who sittith upon the Pale Horse, He whose name is Death, will be sent through the streets of Philadelphia"(113) | This is a metaphor, for the pale horse is satin here to take the dead and with the fever in Philadelphia, death takes a lot of the dead.

10: I is for Irony(L) | "I woke to the sound of a mosquito whining in my left ear"(1) | This is an example of dramatic irony because we know that mosquitoes are the cause of yellow fever, but the people in the book don't. Irony is also used throughout the book.

11: K is for Killed(P) | The death of grandfather when he was killed was the climax of the story. | "Dead? Grandfather couldn't be dead. My grandfather-- candy-giving, wood-chopping, tobacco-smelling grandfather"(147)

12: L is for Lucille(C) | Lucille is Matilda's mother and probably one of the most important people in the book. Her case is one of the main plots in the story. Matti was looking for her the whole time that the fever was going on. She is round and static. | "Mother added wood to the fire, poking the logs until the flames jumped. The delicate tip of her shoe tapped impatiently"(10)

13: M is for Matilda(C) | Matilda Cook is the main character in the story. She is round and dynamic because as the story goes on, she feels that her responsibility grows and feels more like an adult. | "Little Mattie indeed. Another month and I'd be almost as tall as Eliza. I hated to be called little"(11)

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