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Little Women Book Two Complete Text: Little Women Book 2
     

Little Women Book Two Complete Text: Little Women Book 2

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by Louisa May Alcott
 

Reconnect with Louisa May Alcott's beloved March sisters of Little Women, as they continue their story in Good Wives. Through weddings and travels, heartaches and happier days, follow Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy from girlhood into adulthood. This classic novel's enduring values of loyalty and love have kept readers delighted for generations.

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Reconnect with Louisa May Alcott's beloved March sisters of Little Women, as they continue their story in Good Wives. Through weddings and travels, heartaches and happier days, follow Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy from girlhood into adulthood. This classic novel's enduring values of loyalty and love have kept readers delighted for generations.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The adventures of Meg, Jo, Amy, and Beth March have enchanted readers for generations. Each of the March sisters has her own distinguishing characteristics. Meg is the first to marry, and she marries for love. Not that she does not envy Sallie, her rich friend living in a grand house with grand clothes. Then there is Jo, fiercely independent, sensitive, and committed to becoming an author. Amy likes finery, but comes to learn what is truly important in life. Poor Beth dies young. She is sweet and good and her death is hard to bear. But her sisters' affection and devotion help to make Beth's last year as happy as possible. Family members are devastated when the inevitable comes, but keep Beth alive in their hearts and minds as they go forward. The sisters' lives are filled with real moments. They laugh and cry and grow wiser as they age. The sisterly bond is tremendously strong and continues to grow as the sisters each branch out to experience the world beyond their home. Readers will see them through happiness and heartbreak with pleasure. The characters are interesting and engaging; their dialogue (internal and external) is honest and rings true. This novel is set in many places, for it follows the girls when they travel. Readers may cry and laugh at various points in the plot. They will certainly grow attached to the March sisters and be affected by the poignant moments lived by these rich characters. This title, which is part of the "Charming Classics" series, is an excellent choice for mothers and daughters to read together. 2004 (orig. 1868), Harper Festival/HarperCollins, Ages 8 to 12.
—Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062023391
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
06/08/2010
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
416
File size:
511 KB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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Little Women Book Two Book and Charm
Good Wives

Chapter One

Playing Pilgrims

"Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.

"It's so dreadful to be poor!" sighed Meg, looking down at her old dress.

"I don't think it's fair for some girls to have plenty of pretty things, and other girls nothing at all," added little Amy, with an injured sniff.

"We've got Father and Mother and each other," said Beth contentedly from her corner.

The four young faces on which the firelight shone brightened at the cheerful words, but darkened again as Jo said sadly, "We haven't got Father, and shall not have him for a long time." She didn't say "perhaps never," but each silently added it, thinking of Father far away, where the fighting was.

Nobody spoke for a minute. Then Meg said in an altered tone, "You know the reason Mother proposed not having any presents this Christmas was because it is going to be a hard winter for everyone, and she thinks we ought not to spend money for pleasure when our men are suffering so in the army. We can't do much, but we can make our little sacrifices, and ought to do it gladly. But I am afraid I don't." And Meg shook her head, as she thought regretfully of all the pretty things she wanted.

"But I don't think the little we should spend would do any good. We've each got a dollar, and the army wouldn't be much helped by our giving that. I agree not to expect anything from Mother or you, but I do want to buy Undine and Sintram for myself. I've wanted it so long," said Jo, who was a bookworm.

"I planned to spend mine in new music," said Beth, with a little sigh, which no one heard but the hearth brush and kettle holder.

"I shall get a nice box of Faber's drawing pencils. I really need them," said Amy decidedly.

"Mother didn't say anything about our money, and she won't wish us to give up everything. Let's each buy what we want, and have a little fun. I'm sure we work hard enough to earn it," cried Jo, examining the heels of her shoes in a gentlemanly manner.

"I know I do -- teaching those tiresome children nearly all day, when I'm longing to enjoy myself at home," began Meg, in the complaining tone again.

"You don't have half such a hard time as I do," said Jo. "How would you like to be shut up for hours with a nervous, fussy old lady, who keeps you trotting, is never satisfied, and worries you till you're ready to fly out of the window or cry?"

"It's naughty to fret, but I do think washing dishes and keeping things tidy is the worst work in the world. It makes me cross, and my hands get so stiff, I can't practice well at all." And Beth looked at her rough hands with a sigh that anyone could hear that time.

"I don't believe any of you suffer as I do," cried Amy, "for you don't have to go to school with impertinent girls, who plague you if you don't know your lessons, and laugh at your dresses, and label your father if he isn't rich, and insult you when your nose isn't nice."

"If you mean libel, I'd say so, and not talk about labels, as if Papa was a pickle bottle," advised Jo, laughing.

"I know what I mean, and you needn't be statirical about it. It's proper to use good words, and improve your vocabilary," returned Amy, with dignity.

"Don't peck at one another, children. Do you wish we had the money Papa lost when we were little, Jo? Dear me! How happy and good we'd be, if we had no worries!" said Meg, who could remember better times.

"You said, the other day, you thought we were a deal happier than the King children, for they were fighting and fretting all the time, in spite of their money."

"So I did, Beth. Well, I think we are. For though we do have to work, we make fun of ourselves, and are a pretty jolly set, as Jo would say."

"Jo does use such slang words!" observed Amy, with a reproving look at the long figure stretched on the rug.

Jo immediately sat up, put her hands in her pockets, and began to whistle.

"Don't, Jo. It's so boyish!"

"That's why I do it."

"I detest rude, unladylike girls!"

"I hate affected, niminy-piminy chits!"

"Birds in their little nests agree," sang Beth, the peacemaker, with such a funny face that both sharp voices softened to a laugh, and the "pecking" ended for that time.

"Really, girls, you are both to be blamed," said Meg, beginning to lecture in her elder-sisterly fashion. "You are old enough to leave off boyish tricks, and to behave better, Josephine. It didn't matter so much when you were a little girl, but now you are so tall, and turn up your hair, you should remember that you are a young lady."

"I'm not! And if turning up my hair makes me one, I'll wear it in two tails till I'm twenty," cried Jo, pulling off her net, and shaking down a chestnut mane. "I hate to think I've got to grow up, and be Miss March, and wear long gowns, and look as prim as a China aster! It's bad enough to be a girl, anyway, when I like boys' games and work and manners! I can't get over my disappointment in not being a boy. And it's worse than ever now, for I'm dying to go and fight with Papa. And I can only stay home and knit, like a poky old woman!" And Jo shook the blue army sock till the needles rattled like castanets, and her ball bounded across the room.

Little Women Book Two Book and Charm
Good Wives
. Copyright © by Louisa Alcott. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.

Meet the Author

Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) is the author of the beloved Little Women, which was based on her own experiences growing up in New England with her parents and three sisters. More than a century after her death, Louisa May Alcott's stories continue to delight readers of all ages.

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Little Women Book Two Complete Text : Little Women Book 2 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
((That wasnt me... that grammar sucks.)) <br> <br> He licked his kit a few tims and sets her down.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love amy and laurie together.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I clicked on this before I saw it's just part two of Little Women-- you can get "Good Wives" included in most editions of Little Women, and some of them are cheaper than this. Non-returnable. Shame.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You arent that nice ( or generally tasteful) when it comes to 'expressing' your opinion. Im not saying you cant have a negative opinion. But PLEASE control yourself! U dont need to say hell and stupid every other word.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just as good ad the 1st one:-)