Isn't that last paragraph interesting? Like Alcott is basically asking her readers to tell her whether or not she should write a sequel. "If you buy my book, then I'll write you another." Imagine if a modern-day writer put that at the end of their story! What sort of reaction would they get? Anyway, it amused me.
He was grave and pale now, and looked decidedly more like the novel heroes whom she admired, but he neither slapped his forehead, nor tramped about the room as they did (p. 204).
"You've got me, anyhow. I'm not good for much, I know, but I'll stand by you, Jo, all the days of my life. Upon my word I will!" and Laurie meant what he said (p. 209).
Possible Discussion Questions: A few chapters ago (in "Confidential"), Jo "planned to have [Meg] marry Teddy by-and-by and sit in the lap of luxury all her days" (p. 183). Why do you think she's so against Meg marrying John Brooke, but perfectly happy with the idea of her marrying Laurie?
It says, "Aunt March possessed in perfection the art of rousing the spirit of opposition in the gentlest people, and enjoyed doing it" (p. 205). Do you think maybe she almost meant to get Meg to make up her mind about Mr. Brooke by demanding Meg not marry him?