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LITTLE WOMEN: PLOT SYNOPSIS / LITERARY ANALYSIS
As a reader, I was not convinced that Meg actually behaved so very "abominably."
She certainly didnít do anything any other girl at the party wasnít doing.
The contrast and the sense of guilt is self-imposed because she has been
taught to be chaste and subdued, and instead she behaves a little out
of character in flirting with the young men and taking part in the general
party 2affectation. The narrator also implies here that money naturally
causes people to act like fools, and in many cases perhaps it does. However,
the generalization that Marmee and her daughters arrive at is that the
people at the party behaved in a boisterous and bold manner because they
were putting the emphasis on money. As for Meg, she was garbed in a gown
that was of a more daring style than she would usually have worn. The
combination of dress, jewelry and champagne along with a hefty dose of
peer pressure influenced her to behave in the flirtatious manner of the
other girls. Meg does not realize that while the girls cast sidelong glances
of ridicule and pity at her own well-worn gown, the gentlemen were perfectly
content to accept her just as she was.
The Pickwick Club is one of the diversions the March girls have invented to occupy their time after gardening and other springtime chores. They contribute various written pieces to a weekly "Pickwick Portfolio" of which Jo is the editor. Each girl takes the identity of a different Dickens character with Meg taking that of the President, Mr. Pickwick. The little paper is a collection of poems, stories, and announcements of past and coming events of the March household and the community in general as it effects the March family.
At this particular meeting, Jo, as Mr. Snodgrass, proposes the addition
of a new member in the person of Laurie. At first the vote is split, 2
for and 2 against, but Jo reminds them of all Laurie has done for them.
When they finally agree, they discover that Laurie is already present
and has been waiting behind the door for their consent. Laurie introduces
himself as "Sam Weller" and informs them that he has set up
a post-office in a corner of the garden. It is actually the old martin-house,
but he has fixed it up nicely to hold all sorts of packages or mail that
they may wish to exchange on behalf of the paper. Later, even Mr. Laurence
joins in the fun, sending bundles and mysterious messages through the
little post office.
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