1 It was uninteresting sewing, but tonight no one grumbled.
2 We can't do much, but we can make our little sacrifices, and ought to do it gladly.
3 Your airs are funny now, but you'll grow up an affected little goose, if you don't take care.
4 Her long, thick hair was her one beauty, but it was usually bundled into a net, to be out of her way.
5 I agree not to expect anything from Mother or you, but I do want to buy Undine and Sintran for myself.
6 It's naughty to fret, but I do think washing dishes and keeping things tidy is the worst work in the world.
7 She didn't say "perhaps never," but each silently added it, thinking of Father far away, where the fighting was.
8 Beth ate no more, but crept away to sit in her shadowy corner and brood over the delight to come, till the others were ready.
9 "I planned to spend mine in new music," said Beth, with a little sigh, which no one heard but the hearth brush and kettle-holder.
10 Beth's bundle was such a funny one that everybody wanted to laugh, but nobody did, for it would have hurt her feelings very much.
11 I do think The Witches Curse, an Operatic Tragedy is rather a nice thing, but I'd like to try Macbeth, if we only had a trapdoor for Banquo.
12 A year seems very long to wait before I see them, but remind them that while we wait we may all work, so that these hard days need not be wasted.
13 She was not elegantly dressed, but a noble-looking woman, and the girls thought the gray cloak and unfashionable bonnet covered the most splendid mother in the world.
14 I liked the things and the kisses, but it was dreadful to have you sit looking at me while I opened the bundles, said Beth, who was toasting her face and the bread for tea at the same time.
15 I don't care if Hugo does come at me with a pistol, returned Amy, who was not gifted with dramatic power, but was chosen because she was small enough to be borne out shrieking by the villain of the piece.
16 "I'll try and be what he loves to call me, 'a little woman' and not be rough and wild, but do my duty here instead of wanting to be somewhere else," said Jo, thinking that keeping her temper at home was a much harder task than facing a rebel or two down South.
17 Beth said nothing, but wiped away her tears with the blue army sock and began to knit with all her might, losing no time in doing the duty that lay nearest her, while she resolved in her quiet little soul to be all that Father hoped to find her when the year brought round the happy coming home.
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