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Fever, 1793

Fever, 1793

by Laurie Halse Anderson

Protagonist

Character Role Analysis

Matilda

Matilda Cook is the character in the novel we root for, and we better do some heavy duty rooting because she's up against quite a bit. Matilda comes face-to-face with a raging yellow fever epidemic that's picking off her friends and family one by one. Over the course of the novel, we see her mature from a slightly bratty teenager to a responsible, self-sufficient adult with cares and concerns about those around her.


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