08-07-2008 12:25 PM
08-18-2008 09:00 PM - edited 08-18-2008 09:03 PM
This book has a memorable opening line, "Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents." It generally comes to my mind whenever I think about the novel.
And it's difficult to think about Beth without thinking of her gentle admonition, "Birds in their little nests agree." It is so evocative of her personality and role within the family.
But my favorite is the following exchange:
"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
"If you mean libel, I'd say so, and not talk about labels, as
if Papa was a pickle bottle," advised Jo, laughing.
I always think about this whenever I see or hear the words 'slander' or 'libel'! I remember that 'libel' is written, like a pickle label! Even though they appear to be using it incorrectly here.
Grand Dame of the Land of Oz, Duchess of Fantasia, in the Kingdom of Wordsmithonia; also, Poet Laureate of the Kingdom of Wordsmithonia
08-20-2008 02:49 PM
08-20-2008 03:12 PM