Memory and the Past Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
"Me, the hero of Trenton and Germantown reduced to a simple errand boy. What has the world come to?" (6.16)
Grandfather is a former soldier who served under George Washington in the American Revolutionary War. He found glory and fame in the war (or so he says). What's his role now in the family?
"Look at this dust," she exclaimed. "When I was young, my family had a lovely carriage, and we always rode to tea. We arrived fresh and clean." (7.6)
The past is not only something of hard work, but it is an era that's perhaps romanticized by Matilda's mother. Note how she sees it as a time when everything was darn near perfect.
"I didn't run from the redcoats, and I won't run from a dockside miasma. What is wrong with people, Andrew? We suffered all kinds of disease in our youth, but folks were sensible. They didn't squall like children and hide in the woods." (8.28)
Grandfather is tough, that's for sure, and he views the encroaching epidemic much like he sees a militia of redcoats: as a battle to be fought. How is Grandfather right in some ways? Will the fever epidemic come to define Mattie's generation as it has Grandfather's?