A sweet interlude of a chapter, huh? I cracked up several times here, especially when Alcott observed that "the twins got on remarkably well together, and seldom quarreled more than thrice a day" (p. 413). That sounds awfully familiar to this mother of several small ones -- Daisy and Demi are three, which is exactly how old my Tootie is right now :-)
And of course, the chapter ends so deliciously, with Jo and Professor Bhaer practically flirting!
Daisy and Demi had now arrived at years of discretion, for in this fast age babies of three or four assert their rights, and get them, too, which is more than many of their elders do (p. 412).
Possible Discussion Questions:
Do you know any adults who, like Professor Bhaer, "are at home with children" and get along with them uncommonly easily?