The March sisters, the protagonists of Louisa May Alcott's "Little Women," are some of the most beloved characters in all of literature. Precocious, humorous and dramatic all at once, the sisters and their adventures are the stuff of great literature (etext found
"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."
Another chant from Hagar produced another
apparition, not a lovely one, for with a bang an ugly black imp appeared and, having croaked a reply, tossed a dark bottle at Hugo and disappeared with a mocking laugh.
sing or play with trills, alternating with the half note above or below
warbled his thanks and put the potions in his boots, Hugo departed, and Hagar informed the audience that as he had killed a few of her friends in times past, she had cursed him, and intends to thwart his plans, and be revenged on him.
They shout and
gesticulate tremendously but cannot agree, and Rodrigo is about to bear away the exhausted Zara, when the timid servant enters with a letter and a bag from Hagar, who has mysteriously disappeared.
So Meg went away to 'accept with thanks', look over her dress, and sing
blithely as she did up her one real lace frill, while Jo finished her story, her four apples, and had a game of romps with Scrabble.
a person who helps people or institutions (especially with financial help)
But, after a while, they found that he considered them the
benefactors, and could not do enough to show how grateful he was for Mrs. March's motherly welcome, their cheerful society, and the comfort he took in that humble home of theirs.
(used of conduct or character) deserving or bringing disgrace or shame
A bitter sense of wrong and the thought of Jenny Snow helped her to bear it, and, taking the
ignominious place, she fixed her eyes on the stove funnel above what now seemed a sea of faces, and stood there, so motionless and white that the girls found it hard to study with that pathetic figure before them.
fight violence and try to establish peace in (a location)
Meg flew to rescue Amy, and Beth to
pacify Jo, but Jo was quite beside herself, and with a parting box on her sister's ear, she rushed out of the room up to the old sofa in the garret, and finished her fight alone.
so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness
But she begged so hard, and Sallie had promised to take good care of her, and a little pleasure seemed so delightful after a winter of
irksome work that the mother yielded, and the daughter went to take her first taste of fashionable life.