Is it me, or was this a really long chapter? Maybe it just felt that way because it's not as fun as the last one, but it took me several days to get through it, whereas usually I read through these in a matter of minutes. Huh.
Basically, this is a whole chapter devoted to refuting the old saying, "There is no pleasure in having nothing to do; the fun is in having lots to do and not doing it." (The internet says Mary Wilson Little coined that phrase, but I couldn't find anything else about her other than some other things she said and a book she had published in 1904.) I get a kick out of Marmee especially -- Alcott says she "had a good deal of humor" (p. 100), and you can really see it here, can't you? Squirreling away tasty food for herself so she doesn't have to have the bitter tea and scorched omelet.
But poor Beth, losing her pet bird by neglecting it :-(
Laure took Amy to drive, which was a deed of charity, for the sour cream seemed to have had a bad effect upon her temper (p. 104).
"Work is wholesome, and there is plenty for everyone" (p. 105).
Possible Discussion Questions:
Where do you think Marmee went on her "day off?"