The Great Fire is a novel by New Zealand author Marie Gibson. The story is set in 1666, when London is experiencing a massive plague (瘟疫) in which thousands of people are dying. In our last issue, we learned that Meg and her little sister had come across a fire and an evil man who wanted to rob (抢劫) them. Luckily, Samuel, Meg’s friend, found the two poor girls and brought them to his home. In the following extract (节选), Samuel encourages Meg to get some rest so they can both get to their destination the next day. Believing her father to be very sick, Meg is worried. However, she receives some good news. Let’s see what happens.