Archive for April, 2012

LFMF LXI

Little Women 13

As this is my last post for this month, I will sum up several chapters:

I like how Mr. Marsh tells the grand-son the truth about things and his attitude towards learning… “If he is old enough to ask the question he is old enough to receive true answers. I am not putting the thoughts into his head, but helping him unfold those already there. These children are wiser than we are, and I have no doubt the boy understands every word I have said to him.”

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I hate how the author just kills Aunt March off as suddenly as she did the pets (see previous posts) “Aunt March died suddenly. But when their first sorrow was over—for they loved the old lady in spite of her sharp tongue—they found they had cause for rejoicing, for she had left Plumfield to Jo, which made all sorts of joyful things possible”…. Though it is nice that it gives Jo and Mr. Bhear a purpose in life. “Boys. I want to open a school for little lads—a good, happy, homelike school, with me to take care of them and Fritz to teach them.”

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The End.

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Little Women 12

“Seeing this did more for Jo than the wisest sermons, the saintliest hymns, the most fervent prayers that any voice could utter. For with eyes made clear by many tears, and a heart softened by the tenderest sorrow, she recognized the beauty of her sister’s life—uneventful, unambitious, yet full of the genuine virtues which ‘smell sweet, and blossom in the dust’, the self-forgetfulness that makes the humblest on earth remembered soonest in heaven, the true success which is possible to all.”

And so our little Beth passes on to the next world.

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And while comforting Amy in Europe, Laurie and she become engaged!

“How well we pull together, don’t we?” said Amy, who object to silence just then.

“So well that I wish we might always pull in the same boat. Will you Amy?” very tenderly (Laurie says).

Little Women 11

This is a wonderful passage to explain how men don’t realize how lonely we woman can get when they are out with their friends all the time and we only have housework to keep us company.

“…she began to miss John, and find her workbasket dull company, when he was not sitting opposite in his old dressing gown, comfortably scorching his slippers on the fender. She would not ask him to stay at home, but felt injured because he did not know that she wanted him without being told, entirely forgetting the many evenings he had waited for her in vain. She was nervous and worn out with watching and worry, and in that unreasonable frame of mind which the best of mothers occasionally experience when domestic cares oppress them. Want of exercise robs them of cheerfulness, and too much devotion to that idol of American women, the teapot, makes them feel as if they were all nerve and no muscle.”

Little Women 10

Jo to Laurie- “No, I can’t. I’ve tried and failed, and I won’t risk our happiness by such a serious experiment. We don’t agree and we never shall, so we’ll be good friends all our lives, but we won’t go and do anything rash.”

So it is decided that Jo and Laury will not be together for they are to much alike. Laurie’s solution is to run off to Europe with his uncle.

Little Women 9

“Twins, by Jupiter!” was all he said for a minute, then turning to the women with an appealing look that was comically piteous, he added, “Take ’em quick, somebody! I’m going to laugh, and I shall drop ’em”

Yeah I’d be a little surprised myself.

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I still hope to Jo and Laury end up together. The following pages hint that his desires lay in Jo and not Beth but this book flip flops so much I have no clue as to the true outcome of Laury and his love for Jo.

Of coarse Mr. Marsh is not helping any: “Because, dear, I don’t think you suited to one another. As friends you are very happy, and your frequent quarrels soon blow over, but I fear you would both rebel if you were mated for life. You are to much alike and too fond of freedom, not to mention hot tempters and strong wills, to get on happily together, in a relation which needs infinite patience and forbearance, as well as love.”

Pagan Humor LXIX

Things Men Over 30 Should Never Do

  1. Wear more then one article of clothing per outfit with a team logo on it.
  2. Skateboard
  3. Live with his parents, unless caring for them in their autumn years. Or he requires house arrest.
  4. Require house arrest.
  5. Name anything after “Lord of The Rings” characters.
  6. Leave 0.2 ml of milk in the jug and put it back in the fridge (this is the only time when drinking from the jug is acceptable).
  7. Wear anything with Velcro (unless medically necessary).
  8. Binge drink.
  9. Antagonize zoo animals, or “tip” farm animals.
  10. Rely on someone else to feed, clothe or bandage him.

Little Women 8

Aunt Marsh swore that if Meg wed “that brooke fellow” she would not give her a penny. She did however supply her with a life-time supply of house linens.

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“Then I am satisfied. But please hug and kiss me, everyone, and don’t mind my dress. I want a great many cumples of this sort put into it today,” and Meg opened her arms to her sisters, who clung about her…

That’s how a bride should be on her wedding day. So many are standoffish and don’t want to wrinkle their dress or socialize. Give me a wash and wear cotton dress and a floral headband/wreath and I’m happy.

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“…the jelly was still in a hopelessly liquid state, while Mrs. Brooke, with her apron over her head, sat sobbing dismally.”

Lol. Been there, done that, learned to move on. However, what I can not move on from is the way men treated the women back then, and still do in some places (ex. my family). For example in the book, Meg has spent all day trying to make Jam/jelly for her husband because he likes it and he still expects dinner on the table when he gets home. Okay. But they had planned on going to her mother’s home for dinner that night. He knew this and still expected Meg to cook a meal!?

“Well, I like that! Where’s the beef and vegatables I sent home, and the pudding you promised?” Cried John, rushing in to the larder.

“I hadn’t time to cook anything. I meant to dine at Mother’s. I’m sorry, but I was so busy,” and Meg’s tears began again.

John was a mild man, but he was human, and after a long day’s work to come home tired, hungry, and hopeful, to find a chaotic house, an empty table, and a cross wife was not exactly conducive to repose of mind and manner.

“It’s a scrape, I acknowledge, but if you will lend a hand, we’ll pull through and have a good time yet. Don’t cry, dear, but just exert yourself a bit, and fix us up something to eat…”

See what I’m saying? She worked all day for something HE wanted and he goes and says “just exert yourself a bit”. WTF! That’s like my husband seeing that I’ve spent 10 hours cleaning the storage room (that is mostly his mother’s hoard of stuff she left when she moved out) and saying “if you just tried harder you could have made supper too.”

No wonder some of us push our husbands down the stairs! Lol.

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