Nathaniel Benson becomes a constant visitor at the coffeehouse.
Those who had fled to the country started flowing back into the city all well-fed and bright-eyed. Matilda – gaunt and pale from the fever – is a little resentful.
Nathaniel and Matilda begin taking walks. One day, they visit Grandfather's grave. Grass has grown over the dirt. Nathaniel tells her not to worry about a headstone, and she agrees. Grandfather would have liked to be in a crowd with his friends, she tells him.
Eliza suggests a feast of thanksgiving, and everyone is invited: Joseph and the boys, Mother Smith, and Nathaniel.
At the meal, Mother Smith blesses the food. Later, Mother Smith also mentions that she knows Matilda's Mother will be back soon. She can feel it in her bones.
Joseph asks Matilda if she's selling the coffeehouse. This gives Matilda the opportunity to bring up the plan she's been hatching: she'd like Eliza to become her business partner. After a little prompting from Mother Smith, Eliza accepts.
Suddenly, there's a knock at the door. A messenger brings a bag of coffee beans and says that Jasper Blake's warehouse is open for business. This means that the Cook Coffeehouse will soon be open for business too – with Eliza and Matilda running the show.