Week Four (5/7/20)
We are at our halfway point! For week five, please read chapters 22 to 30. We will be moving into Part 2 of the novel.
Chapter 14: Laurie finds Jo acting oddly in town and learns that she has submitted stories to a newspaper for publication. Laurie tells Jo that John Brooke has Meg’s missing glove, and Jo gets upset about the idea of Meg getting married. Jo acts very oddly around her family until she knows that her stories will be published. Her family is excited when they learn the good news and hear “The Rival Painters,” as Jo reads it from the newspaper. Laurie promises to get the next stories paid for, making Jo’s dream of further providing for her family come true.
Chapter 15: The Marches get a telegraph that Mr. March is ill in Washington, D. C. prepares to leave to care for her husband, writing a letter to Aunt March requesting financial help. John Brooke offers to escort , as he has business to attend to on behalf of Mr. Laurence. Jo, seeking a way to give her mother more money for the journey, sells her hair. Her family is grateful for her sacrifice and Jo says she likes her short hair; however, late that night Meg finds her crying over her lost hair.
Chapter 16: The girls strongly feel their mother’s absence. Hannah makes coffee to cheer them up and Beth makes sure to wave to Meg and Jo as they leave the house, just like always did. They relate how things are going through a letter to their mother.
Chapter 17: A week after leaves, the girls begin to wane in their good intentions and drop their responsibilities. Beth asks her sisters for help with the , because the baby is sick and she does not know what to do. As each sister gives an excuse or just forgets about the need, Beth continues to help and gets scarlet fever, because that is what the baby had. As Meg and Jo have already had scarlet fever but Amy has not, they send Amy to Aunt March and begin caring for Beth with Hannah’s help. Amy only goes to Aunt March’s when Laurie promises to visit her every day. Meg, Laurie, and Jo discuss letting know Beth is ill, but they do not yet do it.
Chapter 18: Beth is seriously ill and still does not know. At first, Hannah tells the girls they should not worry while she is away. The sisters receive word that their father’s condition is worsening as Beth’s health continues to decline. The doctor visits Beth twice daily and soon tells the family that must be sent for. Jo breaks down and cries in front of Laurie, fearing the worst. Laurie comforts her and reveals that he sent a telegram the day before. will be arriving that night. During the night, a change comes over Beth marking a turning point in her health. The doctor announces her fever has broken and returns home.
Chapter 19: Amy stays with Aunt March during Beth’s illness. She is kept on a strict schedule of cleaning and studying. She is struggling with this new schedule and worries about her ill family members. Amy turns to Aunt March’s maid, Esther, for consolation. Esther plays with Amy and explains to her how she finds solace in prayer. Although Amy is Protestant and Esther is Catholic, Amy decides to use the prayer room Esther made for her but not the rosary. During this time, Amy also makes a will and has Esther and Laurie sign as witnesses.
Chapter 20: watches over Beth and her return is a relief for the March sisters. Laurie delivers the news of return and Beth’s improvement to Amy. Aunt March has noticed Amy’s good behavior and rewards her with a turquoise ring. approves of Amy’s quiet place for prayer and reflection but is hesitant about letting Amy wear such an expensive ring until she is older. Amy insists she wants to wear the ring only to remind herself to not be selfish and consents. Back at home, Jo reveals to she knows the gentleman who has Meg’s lost glove is Mr. Brooke. tells Jo that Mr. Brooke has professed an interest in Meg. Jo is saddened by this revelation.
Chapter 21: has asked Jo not to reveal Mr. Brookes feelings to anyone, including Meg. Jo however, Laurie already knows and decides to play a prank. Laurie sends a fake love letter from Mr. Brooke to Meg. Meg responds to the letter and soon finds out Mr. Brooke knows nothing of a love letter. She accuses Jo of playing the prank and Jo proclaims her innocence. Jo recognizes the handwriting on the letter as Laurie’s. discusses the matter with Laurie in private and he apologizes. Meg forgives Laurie, but Jo struggles to do so. Later, Jo wants Laurie to know she is not angry with him and goes to the Laurence house where she finds an upset Laurie. Laurie’s grandfather noticed his mood and they argued. Jo wants to help and speaks with Mr. Laurence. Afterwards, Mr. Laurence writes a note of apology to Laurie.