Thursday, March 5, 2015
Little Women Read-Along: The Laurence Boy (Ch. 3)
Hurrah! Laurie's here at last! I'm very fond of Laurie, though I have to admit I'm not entirely sure why. Hmm. Maybe because when I was very young, my best friend was a boy, and we had lots of capital adventures together until I was 8 and he was 10 and he decided girls were icky. Laurie never goes through that stage, so I suppose I like him especially much because he remains friends with the March girls.
One of the themes I've noticed in the book so far is what happens when you pretend to be someone or something you aren't. In this chapter, Jo burns Meg's hair while trying to curl it for the holiday party, and Meg says, "Serves me right for trying to be fine." A couple of paragraphs later, Alcott wryly observes, "dear me, let us be elegant or die" (p. 24). Jo had earlier promised Meg, "I'll be as prim as I can and not get into any scrapes if I can help it" (p. 23) at the party, but when she meets Laurie, it's Jo being her usual self that overcomes his shyness, "for Jo's gentlemanly demeanor amused and set him at his ease, and Jo was her merry self again" (p. 27).
Jo, who didn't care much for girls or girlish gossip, stood about, with her back carefully against the wall, and felt as much out of place as a colt in a flower garden (p. 25).
Possible Discussion Questions:
Have you noticed any other themes so far in these early chapters?