American Short Story Masterpieces - Fever, The Fisherman From Chihuahua, and Midair Summary & Analysis

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Fever, The Fisherman From Chihuahua, and Midair Summary

"Fever" is the story of Carlyle, whose wife Eileen has recently left him. Carlyle is a teacher who must find a sitter for his two children, Keith and Sarah. He first hires Debbie, who does not work out. Eileen calls and has arranged for a woman named Mrs. Webster to help him. Mrs. Webster calls and appears the following morning. Carlyle admits they need someone to count on, and Mrs. Webster reassures him. Six weeks later, Carlyle realizes his life is improving. His relationship with Carol, his girlfriend, is blossoming, and the children are happy. He finds himself accepting his wife's departure. One evening, he becomes ill. Soon after, Eileen calls and tells him to write in his journal during his illness, since sickness is the body's statement of mental health. Mrs. Webster tells him...

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