We wrap up our coverage of the BBC/PBS adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel with some strong opinions, some wishy-washy opinions, some questions, and some tears.
A lot of tears actually.
This episode opens a year after the last ended, Meg is (very) pregnant, Jo is suffering writer’s block, Beth is looking worse each day and Amy is sort of finally aging into the actress.
Professor Bhaer and Jo bond over philosophy, shared views on child labor, and telling stories of dead kids at bedtime. Hans Christian Anderson, The Angel (when this may have been a better choice, The Brave Tin Soldier)
If you would like to get as excited as Jo, dive into some G.W.F.Hegel. Have fun with that. Or you may want to be easier on your brain and read Louisa May Alcott’s own failed novel, Moods, on Project Gutenberg or –shorter yet– her poem, My Beth. (And it wasn’t until this very moment that it occurred to us that we could have launched into Kiss’ Beth which would have been epic…ahh, moment lost.)
Victorian flower language (floriography…yeah it’s a word!) here is a rather long list at Language of Flowers.
Beckett was able to tie Louisa May Alcott into our History Chicks episode on Queen Lili’oukalani…here is a link to that, it’s episode number 97
And if that doesn’t impress you, just take a few minutes to read up on or look at the pretty pictures of Castle Hill, Nice.
Little Women, the Opera is being performed this summer in Atlanta, Georgia. If you miss that one, take a look around, there may be another production in your area. Little Women…as an OPERA!
Speaking of music-Mark Stanley sings!
Thank you for joining us as we recapped Little Women, if you haven’t listened to our coverage of the life of Louisa May Alcott on our sister-show, The History Chicks, now might be a good time. LOUISA MAY ALCOTT.
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