What a sad chapter :-( We've all known this was coming for so long, and yet, when it comes right down to it, it's hard to say good-bye to Beth, isn't it? I love how "even while preparing to leave life, she tried to make it happier for those who should remain behind" (p. 369). Her kind gifts for the school children made me tear up more than her actual death did.
According to my edition's notes, that poem Jo wrote about Beth? Alcott actually wrote it about her sister Elizabeth, shortly before her sister died. That makes me cry too.
With the wreck of her frail body, Beth's soul grew strong (p. 370).
Possible Discussion Questions:
If Beth had not died, but simply continued the way she was at the end of the last book (a little weak, but busy), what do you think she would have done with her life?