| Quote #10
The city was darker than I had ever seen. The moon had already set, but no light flickered in the whale oil lamps that lined High Street. The lamplighters had all fled the city or died. Candlelight spilled from only a few windows, and the stars were faint and distant, as far away as hope or the dawn. (25.10)
Night takes over the city, and there are no lights left on the street. The only brightness visible is far away in the sky. How is this moment symbolic for Matilda?
| Quote #11
The market seemed like a festival, its stalls overflowing with food and rejoicing. It was noisier than ever before, talk, talk, talk, friends sharing the news, overblown laughter, strong-lunged farmers bellowing their wares. A welcome wave of noise and good cheer. (26.43)
After the frost, farmers begin returning to the city. Matilda visits the marketplace, and it's again a scene of life.
| Quote #12
With every hour that passed, Philadelphia shed the appearance of a ghost city and looked more and more like the capital of the United States. Like a wilted flower stuck in a bowl of water, it drew strength and blossomed. Nathaniel talked about painting the rebirth of the city. I thought he would do a grand job. (27.4)
The city is once again renewed. Why does Matilda compare the city to a flower put in a bowl? How do you think Nathaniel's picture would commemorate the city's rebirth?