to finish reading Little Women. Is it bad that I find the greater tragedy being Laurie and Amy getting together, rather than Beth dying?
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
As young readers like to know ‘how people look’, we will take this moment to give them a little sketch of the four sisters, who sat knitting away in the twilight. It was a comfortable old room, though the carpet was faded and the furniture very plain; for a good picture or two hung on the walls, books filled the recesses, chrysanthemums and Christmas roses bloomed in the windows, and a pleasant atmosphere of home-peace pervaded it.
Margaret, the eldest of the four, was sixteen, and very pretty, being plump and fair, with large eyes, plenty of soft, brown hair, a sweet mouth, and white hands, of which she was rather vain. Fifteen-year-old Jo was very tall, thin, and brown, and reminded one of a colt; for she never seemed to know what to do with her long limbs, which were very in her way. She had a decided mouth, a comical nose, and sharp, grey eyes, which appeared to see everything, and were by turns fierce, funny, or thoughtful. Her long, thick hair was her one beauty; but it was usually bundled in a net, to be out for her way. Round shoulders had Jo, big hands and feet, a fly-away look to her clothes, and the uncomfortable appearance of a girl who was rapidly shooting up into a woman, and didn’t like it. Elizabeth—or Beth, as everyone called her—was a rosy, smooth-haired, bright-eyed girl of thirteen, with a shy manner, a timid voice, and a peaceful expression, which was seldom disturbed. Her father called her ‘Little Tranquility’, and the name suited her excellently; for she seemed to live in a happy world of her own, only venturing out to meet the few whom she trusted and loved. Amy, thought the youngest, was a most important person—in her own opinion at least. A regular snow-maiden, with blue eyes, and yellow hair, curling on her shoulders, pale and slender, and always carrying herself like a young lady mindful of her manner. What the characters of the four sisters were, will leave to be found out.
Louisa May Alcott remained a sturdy independent literary spinster, and so should Jo have done. In fact, that is what Alcott herself said, in a letter to her friend Alf Whitman. “Jo should have remained a literary spinster, but so many enthusiastic young ladies wrote to me clamorously demanding that she marry Laurie or somebody, that I didn’t dare refuse, but out of perversity went and made a funny match for her.”
Everyone’s marriage was a little bloodless. I said it, shoot me NOW!
I very much enjoy 19th century novels and was curious about this classic. Well, it was a mistake indeed—but not in the way that I expected! The book itself was a joy to read, engaging and engrossing and wonderful; but man oh man, never, ever have I experienced such disappointment at two literary characters not ending up together. The chapter entitled “Heartache” left me as crushed as if I had been in Laurie’s place, and when I began to see a Laurie/Amy match beginning to take shape, man… it really bummed me out. The Bhaer stuff I could barely stomach.
So yeah, Team Laurie here.
(Damn you, Louisa May Alcott.)
So I’m reading Little Women, and its a cute book not what I normally read but I liked it.
And I know that it’s been around for a LONG time but since I’m reading it for the first time I’m certain there are people who have yet to read it and may one day end up reading it and don’t want it spoiled so if your ones of those people I for your sake will put a readmore :)
If you dont care or already read it read on :)
How many of ya’ll have read little women? Okay, I am SUCCH a girl. But I am reading it for the fourth time and I cried when Jo wouldn’t marry Laurie. Geh.
I would marry you, except that you aren’t real. Plus you are already married to Amy. I will love you forever. <3