To have heard him asking Sondelius about his experience in plague epidemics, one would have believed that Martin found the Black Death delightful.
That day, concealing from Gottlieb his abandonment of the quest for the fundamental nature of phage, Martin set about fighting pneumonia, before attacking the Black Death.
He heard men shrieking in delirium; a dozen times he saw that face of terror—sunken bloody eyes, drawn face, open mouth—which marks the Black Death; and once he beheld an exquisite girl child in coma on the edge of death, her tongue black and round her the scent of the tomb.
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If it were possible to run from disease spirits, the medieval Europeans would’ve put on their track shoes and escaped the Black Death.
Rick Riordan -- The Trials of Apollo
Now mice, however small or harmless, are rats to me—snarling, needle-fanged wharf inhabitants whose fleas carry the black death and whose bite is rabid.