My favorite chapter so far in Little Women – “Secrets”

Just a quick post today because I’m on the run but I had to comment on Chapter 14, “Secrets.” What a fabulous read chapter 14 was! I had an inkling that Jo was taking her stories to be reviewed by an editor but I was still on the edge of my seat, waiting for the results. I laughed out loud when she said that the name of the story that was eventually printed in the paper was “The Rival Painters” – I knew about that story! I didn’t realize Louisa was quite so overt in her autobiographical references.

Louisa does such a wonderful job of building and deepening the relationship between Jo and Laurie. The way that they both shared in her triumph over being published in the newspaper was very sweet.

I found the last line of the chapter very poignant – “Jo’s breath gave out here, and wrapping her head in the paper, she bedewed her little story with a few natural tears, for to be independent and earn the praise of those she loved were the dearest wishes of her heart, and this seemed to be the first step toward that happy end.”

This book just gets better and better!

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One thought on “My favorite chapter so far in Little Women – “Secrets”

  1. Mia Ninera says:

    I love “Secrets” for many reasons. It contrasts Meg’s “propriety” with Jo’s desire to run freely and achieve independence.
    What Jo says to Laurie after their running race, is one of my favorite quotes from Little Women:

    “I wish I was a horse, then I could run for miles in this splendid air, and not lose my breath.”

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