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The Marches’ charming, fun, and intelligent next-door
neighbor, Laurie becomes particularly close to Jo but ends up marrying
Amy. In between the publication of Part One and Part Two, Alcott received
many letters asking her to marry Jo to Laurie. Perhaps to simultaneously
please her readers and teach them a lesson, Alcott had Jo get married,
but not to Laurie.
Laurie struggles with his grandfather’s expectations
of him, in a similar manner to the way Jo struggles with becoming
a lady. Laurie is not manly enough for his grandfather because he
does not want to enter the business world. Likewise, Jo is not feminine
enough for her sisters because she swears, soils her gloves, and
speaks her mind at all times.
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