Awww. This chapter made me tear up a couple times. Beth is so sweet! And so is Mr. Laurence, once you get past his crusty exterior. I absolutely love that he listens to her play his piano, but secretly. And Laurie stands guard in the hallway so she won't even be bothered by servants -- so completely wonderful! My margins are full of little hearts and smiley faces there.
Not much else to say, actually. We're continuing the whole Pilgrim's Progress theme, each girl getting their turn, which is a fun way to structure this early part of the novel. I think one of the reasons I was disappointed with Pilgrim's Progress when I read it was that this book made it sound way more interesting than I found it to be.
How blithely she sang that evening, and how they all laughed at her because she woke Amy in the night by playing the piano on her face in her sleep (p. 54).
...love casts out fear, and gratitude can conquer pride (p. 57).
Possible Discussion Question: It says that at first Mr. Laurence was too gruff and loud around Beth and scared her away because he was not "aware of her infirmity" (p. 53). What do you think Alcott means by "infirmity" here?