1 I did my very best, and she liked it, though she only said.
2 Meg had a voice like a flute, and she and her mother led the little choir.
3 Mother didn't say anything about our money, and she won't wish us to give up everything.
4 Amy was fretting because her lessons were not learned, and she couldn't find her rubbers.
5 It had been tried, but she suffered so much that it was given up, and she did her lessons at home with her father.
6 My dear, it's really dreadful, for sometimes she is so bad her frock is up to her knees, and she can't come to school.
7 It seemed a small loss to others, but to Jo it was a dreadful calamity, and she felt that it never could be made up to her.
8 He liked Jo, for her odd, blunt ways suited him, and she seemed to understand the boy almost as well as if she had been one herself.
9 Long, quiet days she spent, not lonely nor idle, for her little world was peopled with imaginary friends, and she was by nature a busy bee.
10 All day passed and a part of the next before any acknowledgement arrived, and she was beginning to fear she had offended her crochety friend.
11 Amy got no farther, for Jo's hot temper mastered her, and she shook Amy till her teeth chattered in her head, crying in a passion of grief and anger.
12 Half a dozen jovial lads were talking about skates in another part of the room, and she longed to go and join them, for skating was one of the joys of her life.
13 Home now looked bare and dismal as she thought of it, work grew harder than ever, and she felt that she was a very destitute and much-injured girl, in spite of the new gloves and silk stockings.
14 Jo wanted to lay her head down on that motherly bosom, and cry her grief and anger all away, but tears were an unmanly weakness, and she felt so deeply injured that she really couldn't quite forgive yet.
15 The old lady wouldn't speak to them for a time, but happening to meet Jo at a friend's, something in her comical face and blunt manners struck the old lady's fancy, and she proposed to take her for a companion.
16 "You do know her, and she helps you better than anyone else could," answered Laurie, looking at her with such mischievous meaning in his merry black eyes that Beth suddenly turned very red, and hid her face in the sofa cushion, quite overcome by such an unexpected discovery.
17 Nobody spoke for a minute; then Meg said in an altered tone, "You know the reason Mother proposed not having any presents this Christmas was because it is going to be a hard winter for everyone; and she thinks we ought not to spend money for pleasure, when our men are suffering so in the army."
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