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And there’s no better person to write it than Susan Bailey.” Lori Erickson, The Holy Rover on Patheos, “I never fully realized how much spiritual content is integrated into her body of work. (35.48). Instead she presented a very realistic view of a marriage that would be not only successful, but fulfilling to both husband and wife. (9.142). Begun in 2010, this blog offers analysis and reflection by Susan Bailey on the life, works and legacy of Louisa May Alcott and her family.

"Little Women" is a classic novel by Louisa May Alcott. I'm not like the rest of you. Louisa remained a spinster out of choice, to retain her freedom. Alcott had strong, unyielding views on "proper" behavior. Complete list of posts on LMA blog tags: authors, challenges, keys, writing.

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A book one to cherish. Louisa May Alcott was an astute observer of life.

No, he placed the burden on making a such decision on his children, asking them what they think of separation.

Chapter 9 Marmee (Mrs. March) "I want my daughters to be beautiful, accomplished, and good. (and subscribe to the channel), For a comprehensive list of blog posts by name, download this document: Susan is an active member and supporter of the Louisa May Alcott Society, the Fruitlands Museum and Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House. Search the site GO. So every day is a battle, and I’m so tired I don’t want to live; only it’s cowardly to die till you have done something.”. . "I can't say 'yes' truly, so I won't say it at all." Quotes ; Marriage; Study Guide. You are too much alike and too fond of freedom, not to mention hot tempers and strong wills, to get on happily together, in a relation which needs infinite patience and forbearance, as well as love." Beth's early death is strangely connected to the fact that she was never able to envision herself as a wife. But in another instance Jo laments Meg’s impending marriage, saying: Whether intended or not, to a modern reader, Jo’s personality and resistance to being paired with a man (at least in the early chapters) do indicate the possibility that she was uncertain about her sexuality. Post was not sent - check your email addresses!

These girls are so real and timeless, and this book, pure genius. Amy approaches marriage pragmatically: she's going to marry for money. "I want my daughters to be beautiful, accomplished, and good. Even the sad, sour sisters should be kindly dealt with, because they have missed the sweetest part of life, if for no other reason. Alcott deliberately makes both Jo and Professor Bhaer completely unromantic in this scene. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. This is the sort of shelf on which young wives and mothers may consent to be laid, safe from the restless fret and fever of the world, finding loyal lovers in the little sons and daughters who cling to them, undaunted by sorrow, poverty, or age, walking side by side, through fair and stormy weather, with a faithful friend, who is, in the true sense of the good old Saxon word, the 'house-band,' and learning, as Meg learned, that a woman's happiest kingdom is home, her highest honor the art of ruling it not as a queen, but as a wise wife and mother. Previous Love. Marriage. Change ). Neither could he offer Jo his hand, except figuratively, for both were full.

I may be mercenary, but I hate poverty, and don't mean to bear it a minute longer than I can help.

In a way, I think Anna did the same.

Despite her somewhat radical feminist views, Alcott's characters do little to deviate from this norm in the end.

I couldn't seem to imagine myself anything but stupid little Beth, trotting about at home, of no use anywhere but there." Amy lets Laurie have it, and this moment of brutal honesty is the beginning of their romantic relationship.

Anna is so good she need not take care of herself, and can enjoy other people. I never made any plans about what I'd do when I grew up.

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Poor Jo has to suppress her natural personality (or try to) in order to please her parents. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. For nineteenth-century women, marriage and adulthood are practically the same thing! He didn’t have adult conversation to Abba first, and only later explained the girls that he and their mother are separating. I was thinking of Fruitlands and how it affected the oldest March girls.

A matron, in her opinion, can be just as lovely and have just as much right to enjoy herself in society as a maiden. In fact, they're almost comical in their shabbiness. Louisa made resolution to become breadwinner of the family and make sure that they don’t starve again. "I only mean to say that I have a feeling that it never was intended I should live long. 934 likes .

Based on her own experiences growing up with three sisters, the novel is Alcott's best-known works and presents many of her personal viewpoints. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. I agree with you that there is so much heart in this book. (36.24). After all, the first half of the book leads the reader to believe that they're a natural couple. So the only way in which he could express his rapture was to look at her, with an expression which glorified his face to such a degree that there actually seemed to be little rainbows in the drops that sparkled on his beard. No, nor any of my folk.” I can imagine Louisa doing the same thing on troubled Fruitlands. "The March Sisters at Christmas:" So, what did you think? (20.29).

By Louisa May Alcott. To be loved and chosen by a good man is the best and sweetest thing which can happen to a woman, and I sincerely hope my girls may know this beautiful experience. Enjoy the best Louisa May Alcott Quotes at BrainyQuote. I have more thins to say about this chapter, regarding Meg and Fruitlands, but I too will leave that for tomorrow.

(46.70). Although Louisa hotly rebelled against her chaotic upbringing, still, the inner life that it nurtured flourished in her and poured out in her writing. She obviously studied her sister Anna and brother-in-law John Pratt’s marriage carefully, probably without even realizing it. Fruitlands certainly was a major turning point for the family. At thirty they say nothing about it, but quietly accept the fact, and if sensible, console themselves by remembering that they have twenty more useful, happy years, in which they may be learning to grow old gracefully. She tells him to lighten up, but later feels ashamed and "confesses" to her mother that she behaved badly A poor girl getting to enjoy a party hardly seems like the worst possible behavior, but the moral code of Alcott's novel is strict.

The characters are unfolding like beautiful flowers, layers and layers with such subtlety. But that post will have to wait until tomorrow. It seemed as if I felt God as I never did before, and I prayed in my heart that I might keep that happy sense of nearness all my life.".

I can hardly wait to blog on Chapter 30, Consquences. Meg didn't, Jo won't, Beth can't yet, so I shall, and make everything okay all round. If he had not loved Jo very much, I don't think he could have done it then, for she looked far from lovely, with her skirts in a deplorable state, her rubber boots splashed to the ankle, and her bonnet a ruin. When Laurie sees her he expresses his disapproval.

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– were disappointed that Jo doesn't marry Laurie.

. Whether they like it or not, they are virtually put upon the shelf as soon as the wedding excitement is over, and most of them might exclaim, as did a very pretty woman the other day, "I'm as handsome as ever, but no one takes any notice of me because I'm married." Alcott suggests that, under ideal circumstances, being stay-at-home wife and mother can be extremely fulfilling for a woman.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. To have a happy youth, to be well and wisely married, and to lead useful, pleasant lives, with as little care and sorrow to try them as God sees fit to send.

This is not a story of how to get over grief fast -- but how to deal with it and give your afflictions to the Almighty. I think though that she had a large inferiority complex which, along witht the rebellion, fueled her need to take acre of the “pathetic family.” In particular, she had a real need to please her father and make him proud, which she ultimately did. Look what Louisa wrote in her journal in May, 1850: “In looking over our journals, Father says, ‘Anna’s is about other people, Louisa’s about herself.’ That is true, for I don’t talk about myself; yet must always think of the wilful, moody girl I try to manage, and in my journal I write of her to see how she gets on. The matches [with the Bible} are spot on and insightful. The observations she made of her parents’ marriage coupled with her own independent spirit of unconventionality (and the trauma that was Fruitlands, where her parents nearly split up) formed her choice. ', 'I like good strong words that mean something…', and 'I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.' River of Grace is also a brilliant reflection on the connections between creativity and grace. ( Log Out /  At twenty-five, girls begin to talk about being old maids, but secretly resolve that they never will be. The True Origins of the P.C. Her keen mind picked up on… It’s easy to infer that Alcott may have been projecting a little bit here; her father, Branson Alcott, was a transcendentalist and preached strict Protestant values to his four daughters.

I can see how that built up insecurity, so she needed to do something magificent to prove that she was good. As Nina Auerbach says in her Afterwards to Little Women (Bantam,1983), in conventional terms, Bronson was a disaster as a father.

So, she didn’t have that desire as Louisa did ” to show them all, to prove them wrong.” I think that she was equally sick and tired of being exposed instead of sheltered, and her answer to all unconventional poverty she was surrounded by, was to get herself a very conventional husband and home, preferably not too spiritual and intelectual.

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