Thursday, June 4, 2015

Little Women Read-Along: My Lord and Lady (Ch. 44)


I do like Amy and Laurie together.  Much more than I used to!  They tease each other, help each other, and are generally sweet.  And aren't the oblique references to them getting all smoochy kind of cute and hilarious at the same time?  They seem truly happy together, and I'm glad.  To be honest, I'd completely forgotten this chapter, and I am so pleased by how well they get on together.

Favorite Lines:

Jo had grown her own saucy self again since Teddy came home (p. 407).

"Come away, Impertinence, and don't shock my family by calling me names before their faces," answered Amy (p. 408).

"Don't laugh, but your nose is such a comfort to me," and Amy softly caressed the well-cut feature with artistic satisfaction (p. 409).

Possible Discussion Questions:

Are they any parts of this book that you'd forgotten, if you've read it before?  Or that you like better or worse than you used to?

14 comments:

  1. They are awfully cute together. I think they get along much, much better than Jo and Laurie would have, if they'd married. I especially think it's cool how they both have the same love for art and music and beautiful things in general. And later on, they raise their daughter Bess to love beautiful things too. (in "Jo's Boys," I mean) It's really very nice.

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    1. Jessica, I agree -- they're wonderful in their united love for artistic endeavors, and also their desire to assist young artists!

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  2. This chapter *is* one of my favorites. I think it's what won me over to Laurie/Amy being together :)

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    1. Hayden, yes, it really shows them working well as a couple!

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  3. Have you read Susan Cheever's _American Bloomsbury_? There is plenty of great information about Alcott et al in the book. Between Cheever's book and your postings, I am nearly persuaded: I probably should read _Little Women_. But, I wonder -- will it fit into my thematic approach (e.g., see my blog, God and the American Writer)? Is religion an issue in _LW_?

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    1. Hello, Harper! I haven not read that, but I'll look into it. Religion is touched on in LW, as the characters pray, read the Bible, and so forth.

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  4. Oh, I love this chapter! I finally got caught up and had also forgotten about this charming chapter! Just so cute.

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    1. CGrace, yes! Charming and cute, that's just how I feel.

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  5. Oh, how well these two young people get on together! I've always loved them as a couple, but even more so now! I think it is quite funny, because I too forgot about this sweet chapter:)
    I love how Laurie reassures Amy that she is his true love, and she is not just 'filling Jo's place'...I think this was an especially important factor Alcott added - readers also need to be reassured that he married Amy because he genuinely loved her!
    Wise words about having enough money to bless and help others...
    ''..They hoped to brighten other homes, believing that their own feet would walk more uprightly along the flowery path before them, if they smoothed rough ways for other feet..''

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    1. Kelly-Anne, yes! It's so important for both us and Amy that Laurie out-and-out declares she is not just filling in for Jo.

      And I liked that line too :-)

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  6. I love Amy and Laurie together! This chapter just reassures me that they are perfect for each other. I love the last sentence describing how they are walking through their home.
    Actually, I forgot about this chapter too. I seemed to have forgotten about some of the earlier chapters about Meg too. I don't know why, but Meg and Amy seem to stand out more than usual throughout this rereading.

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    1. Ekaterina, I forgot several things from this book too -- I think when I was quite young, I only read the first half, and then only read this part a couple of times when I was a bit older, and don't remember it as well as a result.

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  7. Yes! I really like Laurie and Amy together, too, but I also tend to forget it until I come to these chapters of them together, and then I remember;)

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    1. Olivia, I do like them together, but I'd forgotten how very *right* they are for each other.

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