Oh boy. When things get serious, they get really serious. We go from "Yay! Jo's published!" to "ACK! Father's grievously wounded!" in a couple of pages. A matter of minutes, if you don't pause between chapters. Marmee goes quite helpless for a few minutes, giving us some new insight into her -- she's becoming more and more human as the book goes on, I think.
Laurie and Mr. Laurence are awesome here, stepping up to the plate as true friends and helping in any way they can. Mr. Laurence offers every help he can dream up, "from his own dressing gown to himself as an escort" (p. 144). What a sweet guy he's turned out to be.
And then Jo cuts off her hair. Selfless, impetuous Jo. I think I like her better for that than I have in the whole book so far.
Jo assumed an indifferent air, which did not deceive anyone a particle... (p. 145).
Possible Discussion Questions:
Do you find Jo more sympathetic or less after she confesses she's crying in the night over losing her hair, not over her father's peril?