The marriage between Almanzo and Laura faces its first stern test when he falls seriously ill with diphtheria and later suffers a crippling stroke. Eliza Jane arrives to help care for her brother, but makes matters worse by babying him.
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Laura and Almanzo were both stricken with diptheria. She fully recovered but he was left partially paralyzed. He used a cane to walk for the rest of his life. See more
Almanzo James Wilder
Nothing's going to do me any good! I'm a cripple, and that's how I'm going to be for the rest of my life!