Ahh, intrepid Jo, bearding the lion in his den, as it were. I love that she likes to do "daring things" and decides actually visiting one of their neighbors is one of them. Off she goes to comfort a sick and bored Laurie, and winds up making friends with his grandfather too.
I didn't realize that the Marches must have moved into their house not awfully long ago. But Jo tells Laurie, "We haven't been here a great while, you know, but we have got acquainted with all our neighbors but you" (p. 45). Do you suppose they moved in when their father went to war? Or when he loaned money to a friend, who lost it? I kind of always assumed they'd lived there for always, but not so!
And so cool that Grandfather Laurence was once friends with Jo's grandfather.
Oh, if you were wondering, like I was, what a "blanc mange" is, it seems to be a kind of cross between Jell-o and vanilla pudding. Also, a "Sleepy Hollow chair" seems to be a really deep easy chair with a back that slants, like this.
"I like adventures, and I'm going to find some" (p. 41).
"It's dull as tombs up here" (p. 42).
"...children should be children as long as they can" (p. 51).
Possible Discussion Question: At first, Laurie and Jo "got to talking about books, and to Jo's delight, she found that Laurie loved them as well as she did, and had read even more than herself," but a bit later, when Jo goes into raptures about his grandfather's library, Laurie says, "A fellow can't live on books" (p. 46). What do you think this says about their similarities and differences?