The sisters sit together in the evening and remember how they wanted their lives to go as teenagers and how differently they all turned out. Despite the happiness of having her father home, Meg still has a problem to deal with in the form of Mr. She leaves school and goes home of her own volition. Some rules simply do not apply. Young boys and girls might find the domesticity in the book offputting but it was necessary for people to have domestic skills or they could not survive. The minutiae is symbolic of fragile domestic existences. Laurence from Little Women is modeled after Emerson.
Come and kiss me, baby. To me, that is the sign of a great book. They each realize that they have grown up a lot and that they may have feelings for one another. She wants to move about in high society and have wealthy friends, expensive jewels and rich clothes. This felt like a series of short stories involving the March sisters, bound into a longer narrative. Meg is the governess and tutor for some obnoxious rich children, and Jo is the companion of a fussy old lady. March reminds the girls that when they were little they made a game out of The Pilgrim's Progress, an allegory written by seventeenth-century preacher John Bunyan.
Meanwhile there were all the old scenes I'd remembered so well, still funny, and poignant, and beautiful. He makes his intentions clearer but Meg does not flirt with him as she does not want to stir more gossip. Meg still feels that she is too young to marry and is uneasy at being a lover. I first read this book as a tween, and had a real love-hate reaction to it, love of the first half, and I pretty much hated the last half. He invites her in and the other sisters all send gifts over for him. Problems plague the girls as they get ready for the party. Laurie and Amy have the best lines, and there are plenty of groans amidst cute vignettes and harsh but necessary life lessons--for Americans and non alike.
Bhaer have two sons of their own. Brooke writes from Washington that their father is doing better and then begins to write daily reporting on the news of his health. The baby soon dies of Scarlet Fever. . Third is Beth, who is a quiet girl and thirteen.
Also in this book, we see the perspective of a family coping with the financial and emotional strain of having a loved one away at war, something that is unfortunately all too relatable today. The advantage of many adaptations is that none have to replicate every page of the book. Jo worried about being perceived as ladylike especially as her best dress has a burn mark on it and her gloves are stained with Lemonade. Brooke in order to tend to him. Nothing bright or colourful that would have tempted me in the years previous.
Amy says she'll try to be less selfish; Meg says she will try to be less vain and work harder; Jo resolves to do her duty at home instead of wishing she was a man and a soldier. She always used to tell me how great she thought it was although, as a kid I somehow avoided reading it; mainly because at this point I was too busy dangling from a climbing frame by my ankles or stealing scrap wood from building sites in order to make dens and tree houses. She only wishes to enjoy the time that she has left, peacefully. March got her wet things off, her warm slippers on, and sitting down in the easy chair, drew Amy to her lap, preparing to enjoy the happiest hour of her busy day. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Meg, the oldest, must put aside her love of wealth and finery in order to follow her heart. I am glad I did because it is a classic I hear about all the time. It's dull and preachy through out most of it--aside from Jo who is a truly inspired character. Amy is a talented musician and artist who is uncommonly good at manipulating others, sometimes without even realizing it. Jo turns him down, and Laurie is devastated.
From the outset the reader gets insights into the personalities of Margaret Meg aged 16, Josephine Jo aged 15, Elizabeth Beth aged 13, and Amy aged 12. And I'm not ashamed to state this. Jo is happy to be surrounded by little boys and soon she and Mr. Amy, the youngest, is a pretty blonde girl with good manners. The girls are very inventive and know how to keep themselves occupied.
The girls, though good at heart, aren't a picture-perfect family of saints. In the end, however, she finds out that for all her money, Sally becomes a very lonely lady with a husband who lives in his own world and thinks only of himself. The girls are happy with this and throw themselves into their work to keep from worrying. Though impoverished, the March family is rich in spirit; they are bolstered by their familial love and steered by strong Christian morals. The more things change, the more they stay the same. She claims that she only wishes to be friends with Mr. And Jo who is endearing I'm definitely a victim of modern society when I find this book slow.