Fever 1793 Setting & Symbolism

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The Cook Coffeehouse

The Cook Coffeehouse sits on the corner of Seventh and High Streets in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and was built by Mr. Cook in 1783. The coffeehouse has a first floor with a large four-windowed serving area and a kitchen in back, and has a second story that is composed of two bedrooms. The coffeehouse does not serve liquor but does tolerate some gambling and card games which makes is a popular cafy for socializing. The coffeehouse is robbed and vandalized during the epidemic but cleaned, repaired, and returned to active business by Mattie and Eliza.

Silas

Silas is Mattie's pet cat. He is a rambunctious, orange-furred cat who hunts mice and lives in and around the Cook Coffeehouse. Silas is abandoned for several days as the epidemic rages through the city but he remains at the coffeehouse until Mattie's eventual return. Silas is a source of minor...

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