A view of marriage from a decided spinster

Louisa May Alcott was an astute observer of life. Her description of Meg and John's first year of marriage in Chapter 28 of Little Women, Domestic Experiences, amazed me with its accuracy. She obviously studied her sister Anna and brother-in-law John Pratt's marriage carefully, probably without even realizing it. Her keen mind picked up on …

Three years later . . .

The first three chapters of Little Women, Part Two (aka Good Wives) certainly didn't disappoint! I loved how the first chapter (Chapter 24, Gossip) brought me up to date on all the major characters - it was like hanging around the water cooler at work finding out what happened on my favorite TV show last …

I finally get it!

Now that I've finished part one of Little Women, I finally get it. I know, I'm late, I always seem to be behind the curve. For so many years I have heard people rave about Little Women but I never understood what the attraction was. On the surface, Little Women appears simplistic, way too sentimental, …

Beth’s influence is revealed; Jo and Laurie’s friendship grows; Amy shows some mettle

Just finished chapters 18 and 19, describing Beth's bout with scarlet fever, and Amy's 'exile' with Aunt March. Scarlet fever sounds like a pretty frightening illness, and we all know it inevitably led to Beth's death later on in the book. It's interesting how she really came to the forefront as a result of the …

Giving Beth her due – chapter 17 “Little Faithful”

I never seem to gravitate towards the mainstream. True to form, my favorite character in Little Women is not Jo (though she's my second favorite character). It is, instead, Beth. When I attempted to read Little Women as a young girl, Beth was always the one who caught my imagination. The attraction back then was …

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 …

Meg March and John Brooke – The Dance of Romance Begins

I just finished chapter 12, Camp Laurence and am in the middle of chapter 13.  Louisa's introduction of John Brooke as Meg's love interest is subtle and sweet. She offers up a little tease and begins the dance of courtship. I can tell this will take a while to bloom into the lifelong love that …