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Questions tagged [little-women-series]

For questions about any or all the books in the series by American novelist Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888): *Little Women* (1868); its second volume published as *Good Wives* (1869) in the UK but not titled separately in the US; *Little Men* (1871); and *Jo's Boys* (1886). Use in conjunction with [louisa-may-alcott].

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What is a Pillycoddian gesture?

From "Jo's Boys," by Louisa May Alcott... 'A true woman, and a born sailor's wife! You are a happy man, Emil, and I'm sure this trip will be a prosperous one,' cried Mrs Jo, delighted with ...
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What is the theology of Little Women?

Little Women is partially inspired by Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress, with chapter titles and themes borrowed from Bunyan's story, and reading the book itself being an early activity the girls share. ...
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Why did Jo consider Ned and Jack to be failures?

In Jo's Boys in chapter 5, it is stated, Jack and Ned sent regrets and best wishes, and no one mourned their absence; for they were among what Mrs. Jo called her failures. Why were these two in ...
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Why do the March sisters call their mother Marmee?

I'm curious about the nickname the March sisters in Little Women use for their mother and I'd like to know its meaning and significance. After some research, it seems Louisa May Alcott used the ...
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