We are ten days into our read along and hopefully those of you participating have been able to read up through chapter 17. Here's a little summary of what's happened so far in the lives of our little women:
- We've met the four girls and have quickly learned their characters and personalities.
- We've met the neighbor boy, Laurie, and his grandfather, and his tutor, Mr. Brooke.
- We've learned that Mr. March is off fighting in the war. Toward the end of our reading, he gets sick and Mrs. March leaves to tend him.
- We've learned that Mrs. March appears to have never ending patience with the four girls and teaches them wonderful life lessons as they experience different things.
- We've gone on a vacation with Meg, hobnobbing with friends that aren't really that great of friends, we've gone to a New Year's Eve party with Meg, Jo and Laurie wherein Jo dances with Laurie in the hallway and Meg sprains her ankle, we've gone on a picnic and croquet adventure with Laurie and his friends from England, we've experienced the imagination of the girls as they make up plays, write newspapers and conduct a private club, we've rejoiced with Beth when she gets a piano from Mr. Laurence, we've moaned with Jo when she discovers Amy has burned her story, and we've laughed with everyone when Jo tried to have a dinner party that was very unsuccessful.
- We are noticing, along with Laurie and Jo, that there seems to be something up with Meg and Mr. Brooke.
- We are also wondering ourselves if there is something up with Laurie and Jo, but if there is, Jo is in extreme denial still.
- The segment ends just when we begin to feel anxiety over Beth, who appears to have contracted scarlet fever from the family they've been looking after. Drat.
I hope you are all enjoying your first visit with this family or your repeat visit, as the case may be. I know I am! Here are a few questions I've thought up:
- What's your opinions so far about each of the girls? Do you identify more with one or the other of them? Do you like them, or do they get on your nerves in a way? Which one do you think would be your friend?
- What do you think of Mrs. March aka. Marmee? What's one of your favorite pieces of advice or lessons she's taught the girls so far?
- Do you think that the characterization of these girls and this family is realistic? Explain.
- What's your favorite scene or incident so far? And why?
- If this is your second (or third etc.) time reading this story, what stands out to you this time?
- If this is your first time reading this story, is it meeting your expectations? Or is it different than expected? Explain.
- How do you feel about Jo cutting off her hair? Was this incident surprising to you? Do you think it's symbolic of anything?
- What's your feeling about the inclusion of poems, letters, stories, plays and etc. into the story?
- Any thoughts in particular on the male characters in this story?
- Are you liking this reading experience? If yes, why? If not, why?
Feel free to add any other random thoughts of course! Here are my answers:
- I thought I would identify with Meg the most, but I didn't remember how obnoxious and annoying she is... not to say that I'm not those those, but I don't THINK I am! I've always thought of her like Jane in Pride and Prejudice,but no. She is not. And perhaps I'm a little like Jo in some aspects, but in others not at all. I'm nothing like Beth or Amy, I don't think anyway. And yes, I do find them annoying often... they are too sweet, too agreeable, too nice, too accommodating... even with their faults. Even in the day, I don't think kids were this perfect.
- I like Mrs. March, though I also find her to be a little too nice and sweet and unruffled by anything at all. By far, my favorite lesson she's given them was the week of no work. And then when she went away for the day too. How often do we as moms threaten to do just such a thing?
- I sort of answered this already. I think the picture this paints of a family is a bit on the rosy side, you know? I mean, I'm sure they were happy and imaginative, but still...
- Um so many! But you know what I really love, is the whole post office idea and how they find so many fun things to exchange, even though they are all together. I think it's the first form of social media! :)
- I'm surprised at how obnoxious Meg is... I'm surprised that Laurie is dark with curly hair, I'm surprised at how accommodating these girls are.
- I remember not really liking this book when I read it the first, confession.
- I'd forgotten that part and it bums me out! She is crazy!
- I like the letters.. the poems are okay, the stories are a little long and the plays I'm not a big fan of.
- I love Laurie and his grandpa. I wish we could get to know Mr. Brooke better.
That's about all I have to say. And I think it's enough. Now... your turn! Write your thoughts, answer the questions and etc. and link up your post here:
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