Little Women (Louisa May Alcott)

Two books down, 99 more to go. 🙂 *self-satisfied in my reading, loathing my writing.*

I’m not going to say how good it is. It’s called a classic for a reason. I had some difficulty digging through the geometric depths of Flatland; this seemed like cheeser to my reading Budweiser. Simple, heart-warming and the type you can recommend to your kids and grandchildren. More to be appreciated by females, IMHO. But a treat to both sexes, nonetheless.

My favorite character was Marmee. She had the wisest lines, here’s a sample:

Money is a needful and precious thing, and when well used, a noble thing,but I never want you to think it is the first or only prize to strive for. I’d rather see you poor men’s wives, if you were happy, beloved, contented than queens on thrones, without self-respect and peace… Better be happy old maids than unhappy wives, or unmaidenly girls, running about to find husbands…

She advised her four little women; they grew well and did not disappoint.

Another Marmee line which I found memorable:

Let me advise you to take up your little burdens again, for though they seem heavy sometimes, they are good for us, and lighten as we learn to carry them. Work is wholesome, and there is plenty for everyone. It keeps us from ennui and mischief, is good for health and spirits, and gives us a sense of power and independence better than money or fashion.

I don’t personally find Mr. John Brooke’s character as striking, but the descriptions about him were hard to miss, and one became an instant favorite: “He received no stars or bars, but he deserved them, for he cheerfully risked all he had, and life and love are very precious when both are in full bloom.

From another particular Marmee line, I remembered my friend, Prof. Sherla Najera, the woman who excellently sings about her ideals and her firm stand on the RH Bill. Sherla, you embody this advice most aptly: “Don’t shut yourself up in a bandbox because you are a woman, but understand what is going on, and educate yourself to take your part in the world’s work, for it all affects you and yours.

Satan is proverbially fond of providing employment for full and idle hands.

“Humor and pathos make it alive, and you have found your style at last. You wrote with no thoughts of fame and money, and put your heart into it, my daughter. You have had the bitter, now comes the sweet. Do your best and grow as happy as we are in your success.”

Strange to discover that I can relate to some characters.

I am 70% Josyphine and 30% Margaret! Really.

And this line from Jo had me most evoked:

She was thinking how fast the years went by, how old she was getting, and how little she seemed to have accomplished. Almost twenty-five, and nothing to show for it… ‘An old maid, that’s what I’m to be. A literary spinster, with a pen for a spouse,a family of stories for children and twenty years hence morsel of fame..