Oh my goodness! We're almost done with the first book! If I can, I'll try to post the final chapter and kick off the giveaway tomorrow. Fridays are super busy for me, though, so it might not happen until Saturday.
So here we have a very happy chapter. Beth is slowly getting better, it's Christmas time again, and Mr. March returns to surprise everyone. Don't you love the scene that creates? Oh, it makes me laugh and cry at the same time. "Jo disgraced herself by nearly fainting away, and had to be doctored by Laurie in the china closet." (Laughing!) "Mr. Brooke kissed Meg entirely by mistake, as he somewhat incoherently explained." (Laughing more!) "And Amy, the dignified, tumbled over a stool, and never stopping to get up, hugged and cried over her father's boots in the most touching manner." (More laughing!) And then... oh, and then. "The study door flew open, the little red wrapper appeared on the threshold, joy put strength into the feeble limbs, and Beth ran straight into her father's arms." (Sudden onslaught of tears.) (p. 196)
Completely wonderful. Jo glowering at Mr. Brooke, Mr. March praising his daughters for becoming better people, and everyone generally as happy as can be. Except when Jo remembered to glower, of course. Can you imagine poor Mr. Brooke, wondering (or perhaps knowing?) why she was so annoyed with him? Poor guy.
Now and then, in this workaday world, things do happen in the delightful storybook fashion, and what a comfort it is (p. 196).
Possible Discussion Questions:
The girls gave Mrs. March a brooch "made of gray and golden, chestnut, and dark brown hair" (p. 196). Whose hair is gray?