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
Always mature for her age, she had gained a certain
aplomb in both carriage and conversation, which made her seem more of a woman of the world than she was, but her old petulance now and then showed itself, her strong will still held its own, and her native frankness was unspoiled by foreign polish.
give up, such as power, as of monarchs and emperors, or duties and obligations
In America, as everyone knows, girls early sign the declaration of independence, and enjoy their freedom with republican zest, but the young matrons usually
abdicate with the first heir to the throne and go into a seclusion almost as close as a French nunnery, though by no means as quiet.
Bereft of his cake, defrauded of his frolic, and borne away by a strong hand to that detested bed, poor Demi could not restrain his wrath, but openly defied Papa, and kicked and screamed lustily all the way upstairs.
For Demi inherited a trifle of his sire's firmness of character, we won't call it obstinacy, and when he made up his little mind to have or to do anything, all the king's horses and all the king's men could not change that
pertinacious little mind.
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In her secret soul, however, she decided that politics were as bad as mathematics, and that the mission of politicians seemed to be calling each other names, but she kept these feminine ideas to herself, and when John paused, shook her head and said with what she thought diplomatic
ambiguity, "Well, I really don't see what we are coming to."
the main organ of photosynthesis and transpiration in higher plants
Gnarled olive trees covered the hills with their dusky
foliage, fruit hung golden in the orchard, and great scarlet anemones fringed the roadside, while beyond green slopes and craggy heights, the Maritime Alps rose sharp and white against the blue Italian sky.
This phantom wore many faces, but it always had golden hair, was enveloped in a
diaphanous cloud, and floated airily before his mind's eye in a pleasing chaos of roses, peacocks, white ponies, and blue ribbons.
having rugged physical strength; inured to fatigue or hardships
She never had much to show when she came home, but was studying nature, I dare say, while she sat for hours, with her hands folded, on the terrace at Valrosa, or absently sketched any fancy that occurred to her, a
stalwart knight carved on a tomb, a young man asleep in the grass, with his hat over his eyes, or a curly-haired girl in gorgeous array
characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste in manners and conduct
He had rather imagined that the denouement would take place in the chateau garden by moonlight, and in the most graceful and
decorous manner, but it turned out exactly the reverse, for the matter was settled on the lake at noonday in a few blunt words.
It was good to see Laurie square his shoulders, and smile with masculine scorn at that
insinuation, as he replied, with his "high and mighty" air, "Amy is too well-bred for that, and I am not the sort of man to submit to it.
Burdened with the guilty consciousness of the
sequestered tarts, and fearing that Dodo's sharp eyes would pierce the thin disguise of cambric and merino which hid their booty, the little sinners attached themselves to `Dranpa', who hadn't his spectacles on.
If Jo had not been otherwise engaged, Laurie's behavior would have amused her, for a faint twinge, not of jealousy, but something like suspicion, caused that gentleman to stand
aloof at first, and observe the newcomer with brotherly circumspection.
"And so you shall, like an angel as you are!" cried Laurie, resolving, with a glow of
philanthropic zeal, to found and endow an institution for the express benefit of young women with artistic tendencies.
It's nothing to me, of course, but I should think he would have come and bid us goodbye like a gentleman," she said to herself, with a despairing look at the gate, as she put on her things for the
customary walk one dull afternoon.
arousing desire or expectation for something unattainable or mockingly out of reach
But her faith in the good spot which exists in the heart of the naughtiest, sauciest, most
tantalizing little ragamuffin gave her patience, skill, and in time success, for no mortal boy could hold out long with Father Bhaer shining on him as benevolently as the sun, and Mother Bhaer forgiving him seventy times seven.