I love this picture of all the copies of Little Women! It represents friends who gathered together to discuss and laugh about the contents of great literature.
“The year is gone we still unite,
To joke and laugh and read,
And tread the path of literature,
That doth to glory lead.”
–Louisa May Alcott
Can You Guess Which Character Said It?
- “I know what I mean, and you needn’t be statirical about it. It’s proper to use good words, and improve your vocabilary.”
- “In spite of their demonstrative manners, American girls are very nice when one knows them.”
- “What has that boy been about? Don’t try to shield him. I know he has been in mischief by the way he acted when he came home.”
- “”Then we’ll go and eat up all the raisins.”
- “You can go through the world with your elbows out and your nose in the air, and call it independence, if you like. That’s not my way.”
- “Money is a good and useful thing, Jo, and I hope (you) will never feel the need of it too bitterly nor be tempted by too much.”
- “She’s got such a soft heart, it will melt like butter in the sun if anyone looks sentimentally at her.”
- “Highty-tighty! Is that the way you take my advice, miss?”
- “No, don’t lounge, it makes me nervous.”
- “I want a great many crumples of this sort put into it today.”
- “This unassuming style promotes study, that’s why we adopt it.”
- “Rather a rough road for you to travel, my little pilgrims, especially the latter part of it. But you have got on bravely, and I think the burdens are in a fair way to tumble off very soon.”
- “To my friend and neighbor Theodore Laurence, I bequeathe…my clay model of a horse though he did say it didn’t have any neck.”
- “So the poor night is to be left sticking in the hedge, is he?”
- “There was no one to bring the horse to the saddle, so she took the saddle to the horse.”
- “Tell me please! I like to know all about the – the boys.”
- “What’s the use of looking nice, when no one sees me, but those cross midgets?”
- “I don’t believe fine young ladies enjoy themselves a bit more than we do, in spite of our burned hair, old gowns, one glove apiece, and tight slippers that sprain our ankles when we are silly enough to wear them.”
- Amy 2. Kate Vaughn 3. Mr. Laurence 4. Demi 5. Amy 6. Marmee 7. Jo 8. Aunt March 9. Amy 10. Meg 11. Laurie (speaking about his haircut) 12. Mr. March 13. Amy 14. Mr. Brook 15. Jo 16. Jo 17. Meg 18. Jo
Little Women DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
— What’s a favorite quote/scene from the book?
–What are threads/themes throughout the book? (I. e. Pilgrim’s Progress, the discussion of money)
–How do you relate to the characters?
–How do the characters change through the course of the book?
–Do you agree that Laurie and Jo weren’t right for each other?
–What is the underlying worldview? What are the Marches’ religious views? What is the perspective of their current events/young America?
–Any facts about Louisa May Alcott you want to share?