Title: Little Women
Number of Pages: 562
Original Copyright Date: 1868
Date Completed: February 23, 2000
Author: Louisa May Alcott
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Plot Summary: Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy are the March sisters. Their father is off to war and they rely on their mother, Marmee, to see them through the hard times of the Civil War. In the first part of this book the reader is introduced to the characters. Meg is the sensible one, Jo is the tomboy , Beth is the sweet one, and Amy is the artistic and feminine one. The girls are all generous and even give their own Christmas dinner to a poor family. Meg has her first dance and brings Jo along. At the dance we meet Laurie, the mysterious grandson of the Old Mr. Laurence living next-door. …show more content…
As she is there holding it, the baby dies of scarlet fever and Beth catches it. Meg and Jo care for her and send Amy to stay with Aunt March. Amy loathes it there, but talks a lot to the maid who tells her of all the things Aunt March will leave her when she passes on. Amy decides to write her own will in which she leaves something to each of her sisters. Marmee is called for because the doctor fears that Beth will die. When Marmee comes, Beth seems to improve. When their father comes home, Beth is eve able to play the piano and sing with the family.
Mr. Brooke asks Meg to receive his love and she refuses. When Aunt March is consulted on the matter, Meg is told that if she were to marry Mr. Brooke, she would be cut off and stricken from the will. Meg decides to love Mr. Brooke to spite her Aunt. Laurie tells Jo that she will be the next to marry and Jo says that she never will. Meg finds married life a difficult juggling act as she brings twins into the world and has arguments with her understanding spouse.
Aunt Carrol decides to take Amy to Europe with her to study art. (In the movie Amy accompanies Aunt March) Jo is upset because she had longed so desperately to let out of the house, but is contented by the happiness of her sickly sister, Beth, at her staying. Amy writes the family of her meeting a friend of Laurie's in Europe and
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