In which we abruptly leave the mourning March household and return to Europe, where Laurie gets over Jo faster than he'd intended or expected. I like that he writes Jo and asks her one last time if she could marry him, and then accepts her negative answer as final.
And without further ado, he falls in love with Amy instead. I guess I don't mind, since "Amy felt that no one could comfort and sustain her so well as Laurie, and Laurie decided that Amy was the only woman in the world who could fill Jo's place and make him happy (p. 382). I'm a leeeeetle put off by him still thinking of that as "Jo's place," but okay, whatever. Not every match in fiction makes me happy, and I'm okay with that :-)
Jo wouldn't be put into the opera at any price (p. 376).
While waiting for an answer he did nothing, but he did it energetically, for he was in a fever of impatience (p. 378).
Possible Discussion Questions:
Laurie's proposal to Amy is unconventional and brief. Do you think that suits them, or is it just Alcott refusing to give us what we expect?
IMPORTANT QUESTION!!! Does anyone want to write a character sketch of Jo March? I would need it fairly soon (sooner the better, really), but if no one volunteers to write one within the next few days, I'll probably write one myself later this week.
IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!!! So that the end-of-read-along giveaway doesn't overlap my participation in the Great Book Giveaway Bonanza, I'm going to start the read-along giveaway this coming Friday, and will have it end on the 12th, after we've finished the read-along. Got it? Good!