Did you have a nice Easter? We certainly did! Full of rejoicing about Jesus' triumph over sin, death, and Satan, and also full of friends, family, and yummy food :-9 Don't worry if you're a bit behind here because you were busy with holiday fun -- I am not a lit professor and I will not scold you or dock your grade.
Oh my goodness, these poor girls! Beth at death's door, and no parents to guide or comfort them. I'm so pleased with Laurie for sending for Marmee even though Hannah said not to -- after all, he was under no obligation to obey her like Meg and Jo were. Though as it turns out, Beth gets through the worst of it before Marmee returns. But still, good for Laurie.
And when Jo learns of his actions, she hugs him, clings to him, and then Laurie... kisses her! On the cheek, I would assume, but Jo seems rather disconcerted, blaming the wine for making her "fly at" her Teddy. Foreshadowing of conflict to come, methinks.
How dark the days seemed now, how sad and lonely the house, and how heavy were the hearts of the sisters as they worked and waited, while the shadow of death hovered over the once happy home (p. 164).
A breath of fresh air seemed to blow through the house, and something better than sinshine brightened the quiet rooms (p. 168).
Possible Discussion Questions:
Jo says Beth is her conscience. What do you think she meant by that?