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Quotes

Find the perfect quote to float your boat. Shmoop breaks down key quotations from Fever, 1793.

Mortality Quotes

When I was eight, she got a letter saying her husband had been killed by a runaway horse. That was her worst day. She didn't say a word for months. My father had only been dead two years, so Mother...

Suffering Quotes

The house was silent for a moment, except for the sound of Matthew down the block still hammering away at his forge. Had anyone told him that Polly was gone? (4.26)

Family Quotes

I woke to the sound of a mosquito whining in my left ear and my mother screeching in the right. "Rouse yourself this instant!"Mother snapped open the shutters and heat poured into our bedchamber. T...

Visions of America Quotes

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. I could hear Mrs. Henning gossiping on her...

Dreams, Hopes, and Plans Quotes

A few blocks south lay the Walnut Street Prison, where Blanchard had flown that remarkable balloon. From the prison's courtyard it rose, a yellow silk bubble escaping the earth. I vowed to do that...

Women and Femininity Quotes

When Mother allowed herself a still moment by the fire on winter nights, I could sometimes see the face she wore when Father was alive. Back then Mother smiled at me with her eyes and her laughter...

Foreignness and the 'Other' Quotes

"Hold there, Marks, hold there, I say," interjected the government clerk. His left eye blinked with a nervous twitch. "I've heard stories of a fever among the Santo Domingan refugees. They live clo...

Memory and the Past Quotes

I groaned. Mother had been a perfect girl. Her family was wealthy then, but that didn't stop her from stitching entire quilts before breakfast, or spinning miles of wool before tea. It was the War,...

Transformations Quotes

"Matilda?" Mother's voice called up the stairs. "Now!"I made a face at the doorway. I had just saved her precious quilt from disaster, but would she appreciate it? Of course not.No more dawdling....

Science Quotes

"I've heard stories of a fever among the Santo Domingan refugees. They live close to Ball's Wharf, you know."A doctor at the next table looked up from his backgammon board and interrupted the conve...
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