Here we have another example of Marmee admitting she's also not perfect. She says, "I was very unwise to let you go among people of whom I knew so little (p. 87). Another difference between Alcott and other writers of children's fiction in the 1800s (that I've read, anyway): the adults aren't perfect and all-wise and ever-patient in her books.
That being said, Marmee is very wise, isn't she? I love her whole speech at the end of the chapter about what she wants for her girls as they grow up. Heart-warming for sure.
Random thing I realized: the Moffats call Meg "Daisy" while she's with them, and later on, that's what she names (or nicknames?) her daughter. Perhaps she was happier with them than she'd realized at the time? Or does Meg keep that nickname, and I've forgotten?
There's also a mention of the family having been poor for a while now. Jo told Laurie they hadn't lived there for very long, so perhaps they moved into this house when their father went into the army? But they had been poor for some time before that, it would seem.
Possible Discussion Questions: After Meg overhears people speculating about her and Laurie, Alcott says, "She was proud, and her pride was useful just then, for it helped her hide her mortification, anger, and disgust at what she had just heard" (p. 79). Can faults sometimes be useful? Should we still try to conquer them if they are? What do you think Alcott's response to those questions would be?