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Seen to some as a simple story, Alcott uncovers the hardship behind a women’s development through adolescence; centring on domestic obligations and personal growth. Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy, explore the boundaries of their culture under the guidance and watchful eye of Marmee, as they come to realise that life is not what they once thought.

The book still remains popular with readers today, as women still strive to find their rightful place; making these quotes as insightful now as they were so many years ago. 

1. "I’ll try and be what he loves to call me, 'a little woman,' and not be rough and wild; but do my duty here instead of wanting to be somewhere else."

2. "Watch and pray, dear, never get tired of trying, and never think it is impossible to conquer your fault."

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3. "Don't try and make me grow up before my time."

4. "I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship."

5. "I've got the key to my castle in the air, but whether I can unlock the door remains to be seen."  

6. "There are many Beth’s in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping, and the sweet, sunshiny presence vanishes, leaving silence and shadow behind."

7. "Be worthy love, and love will come."

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8. "You are the gull, Jo, strong and wild, fond of the storm and the wind, flying far out to sea, and happy all alone."

9. "I never wanted to go away, and the hard part is leaving you all. I'm not afraid, but it seems as if I should be homesick for you even in heaven." 

 

  • Little Women

  • 'I'm not afraid of storms, for I'm learning how to sail my ship.'

    Meg, Jo, Amy and Beth - four "little women" enduring hardships and enjoying adventures in Civil War New England The charming story of the March sisters, Little Women has been adored by generations. Readers have rooted for Laurie in his pursuit of Jo's hand, cried over little Beth's death, and dreamed of travelling through Europe with old Aunt March and Amy. Future writers have found inspiration in Jo's devotion to her writing. In this simple, enthralling tale, both parts of which are included here, Louisa May Alcott has created four of American literature's most beloved women.

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