Chapter 25: The First Wedding
It is Meg’s wedding day! Flowers are blooming and Meg looks beautiful in the dress she made. The remaining March sisters are wearing their best gray dresses with roses in their hair. The wedding is small and simple. Mr. March officiates, and Meg dedicates her first kiss after marriage to Marmee. Meg does not serve the alcohol that was gifted to them and explains she put the alcohol aside for medicinal use. She asks Laurie to abstain from drinking, and he promises to do so. After the celebration, Meg leaves for Dovecote.
Chapter 26: Artistic Attempts
Amy enjoys spending her time working on her art. She attends expensive classes that Aunt March has paid for. One day, Amy asks Marmee if she can invite her friends from class over for lunch and an afternoon of drawing. She promises to pay for the event herself. Amy spends more time and money than expected on the lunch that only one person shows up to attend. Amy feels embarrassed and disappointed by the turn of events. After dinner with her family, Amy is left satisfied and feeling that she has learned from the experience.
Chapter 27: Literary Lessons
Jo decides to attend a lecture on pyramids with her neighbor Mrs. Crocker. While waiting on the lecture, she sees a newspaper containing a sensationalist story. Jo learned the woman who wrote the story makes a living from her writings and the newspaper is offering $100 dollars for the best sensationalist story. Jo decides to write a sensationalist story and submits it to the newspaper. She wins the prize! Jo uses her earnings to send Marmee and Beth to the seashore in hopes of improving Beth’s health. Jo continues to write and even finishes her novel. She uses her earnings to support herself and her family.
Chapter 28: Domestic Experiences
Meg goes through the trials of learning to be a housewife. During this time, she has her ups and downs with cooking. Meg attempts to make jam on the same day John brings home a friend. She fails at the jam and has her first argument with John. Meg remembers advice Marmee gave her and soon makes up with her husband. Her next trial appears when she is out shopping with her friend, Sallie Gardiner. Meg frivolously spends money on a silk dress and tells John that she is tired of being poor. She realizes she has hurt him and should love him more because of his poverty and good character. Meg sells her dress and purchases a new coat for her husband. The following summer, Meg gives birth to twins whom she calls Demi and Daisy.
Chapter 29: Calls
Amy takes charge and brings Jo on a series of house calls. She tries to instruct Jo on how to be “ladylike” and Jo responds by channeling her acting experience. On the first call Jo is icily quiet while on the second visit she shares an embarrassing story about Amy. By the third visit, Amy has given up on Jo and lets her do as she pleases only to find her surrounded by young boys telling stories outside. The girls’ last stop is Aunt March’s house where Aunt Carrol is visiting. They discuss an upcoming fair and Amy volunteers to help as a favor. Jo, on the other hand, declares favors are oppressive. Aunt Carrol and Aunt March exchange glances about Jo’s statement of independence. The chapter concludes with the aunts discussing an unknown event, which Alcott indicates is for Amy due to her good behavior.
Chapter 30: Consequences