Study Guide

Year of Wonders Chapter 8

By Geraldine Brooks

Chapter 8

So Soon to Be Dust

  • The townsfolk are surprised when Maggie returns, pulled in a cart by Brand, another one of the Bradfords' servants.
  • Maggie and Brand went to another village for help and were assaulted by residents there who were afraid of the plague.
  • Mr. Mompellion decides to take care of Maggie at the rectory. Anna heads to the Miner's Tavern to see if anyone can help out.
  • Anna's dad is there, drunk as all get-out. She asks for his help, and he scoffs. This really ticks her off, as her dad used to physically abuse her when she was younger.
  • This argument doesn't end up mattering, however—Maggie dies that night.