Wow. We did it. We did it! We finished the whole book. Well done, everyone :-)
Before I get into this chapter, let me mention that Heidi has posted a review of the 1949 Little Women movie here on her blog, just in time for the end of the read-along! It's a charming review, so please go read it.
Now, on to the final chapter.
I really love the Bhaers' school at Plumfield, and reading this chapter is like a wonderful lead-in to Little Men, which I love since I like that book even better.
Did you catch the fact that they admitted a black student? Alcott uses the word "quadroon," which was another word for someone who is a quarter black (I know cuz I Googled it, you see). The notes in my copy say that Alcott's father ran a private school that had to close because they enrolled a black student, and white families pulled their children out of the school in protest. So I'd say this is Alcott's way of fictionally righting that wrong.
For a year Jo and her Professor worked and waited, hoped and loved, met occasionally, and wrote such voluminous letters that the rise in the price of paper was accounted for, Laurie said (p. 431).
"Think what luxury -- Plumfield my own, and a wilderness of boys to enjoy it with me" (p. 432).
"I do think that families are the most beautiful things in all the world!" burst out Jo, who was in an unusually up-lifted frame of mind just then (p. 434).
Possible Discussion Questions:
Have you read Little Men and/or Jo's Boys? Which is your favorite of the three?