This week my teaser lines come from Louisa May Alcott's Little Women. I'm not actually reading it at the moment, although I've read it several times over the years, since I first discovered it at about age 8 or 9. I always think of it as a Christmas book (even though it's not) because I received it as a Christmas gift back then. And, of course, it has that famous opening at Christmastime, with the March sisters gathered together, discussing what they won't be getting for Christmas:
"Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.I've read that first chapter so many times, I've almost got it memorized. I always admired Jo (Alcott's alter ego), but as a youngster I really wanted to be Amy, the pet and the "star" of the family. And although I was always sorry for tragic Beth, she was always much too perfect for me -- I would have strangled her long before the fever carried her off (oops -- guess I should have put up a SPOILER alert there!).
"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 old Whitman edition I had as a child|
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