Hurrah for Amy! I'm glad she tells Laurie the truth and tries her best to show him he needs to snap out of his funk. He's getting rather annoying with his ceaseless moping over Jo's refusal.
And Amy has come to realize that she will never be a famous artist, and accepted this with good grace. Although I myself think that being good at something and pursuing it with all your energy is a perfectly good endeavor, since Amy was set on being a genius, I'm glad she's made peace with her discovery.
"...talent isn't genius, and no amount of energy can make it so" (p. 361).
"Love Jo all your days, if you choose, but don't let it spoil you, for it's wicked to throw away so many good gifts because you can't have the one you want" (p. 366).
Possible Discussion Questions:
How do you feel about Amy's giving up her art because she can't be great at it? Would you do the same?