I like Amy better and better as this second half of the book progresses. She's not so spoiled and flouncy as she was as a child, and she really behaves well in this chapter, doesn't she? My goodness, she's so adult about all this nonsense at the charity fair! I love how Jo and Laurie rally the troops around her and make her flower table a huge success -- loyalty always pleases me. So does magnanimity, and Amy sending them over to the art table she'd been banished from just warms my heart.
But poor Jo, getting left behind from the trip to Europe. I feel so sad for her.
(I'm sorry these chapter posts are so short lately -- I've had a cold for over a week, which has morphed into bronchitis, and thanks to the illness and cough syrup, my brain is kinda fuzzy.)
"You laugh at me when I say I want to be a lady, but I mean a true gentlewoman in mind and manners, and I try to do it as far as I know how" (p. 276).
Possible Discussion Questions:
If Mrs. Chester hadn't gotten in a tizzy over Jo's impression of her daughter and packed Amy off to the flower table, do you think the art table would have been more or less successful than it was this way?
If Jo had gotten to go on the trip to Europe instead of Amy, how different do you think this book would have been?
Do you wish Alcott had sent Jo to Europe instead?