1 I like it well enough if there is plenty of room, and everyone is lively.
2 In a few minutes it really did seem as if kind spirits had been at work there.
3 There's a long hall out there, and we can dance grandly, and no one will see us.
4 And there was Laurie, with a full cup in one hand and a plate of ice in the other.
5 You are the best actress we've got, and there'll be an end of everything if you quit the boards, said Jo.
6 "Thank you, ma'am," said a gruff voice behind her, and there, to her great dismay, stood old Mr. Laurence.
7 There is nothing to eat over there, and the oldest boy came to tell me they were suffering hunger and cold.
8 She had been so simply taught that there was no nonsense in her head, and at fifteen she was as innocent and frank as any child.
9 He sends all sorts of loving wishes for Christmas, and an especial message to you girls, said Mrs. March, patting her pocket as if she had got a treasure there.
10 Simple as the toilets were, there was a great deal of running up and down, laughing and talking, and at one time a strong smell of burned hair pervaded the house.
11 Beth ceased to fear him from that moment, and sat there talking to him as cozily as if she had known him all her life, for love casts out fear, and gratitude can conquer pride.
12 A second look showed her that the living eyes, under the bushy eyebrows, were kinder even than the painted ones, and there was a sly twinkle in them, which lessened her fear a good deal.
13 Laurie turned red again, but wasn't offended at being accused of bashfulness, for there was so much good will in Jo it was impossible not to take her blunt speeches as kindly as they were meant.
14 And when they went away, leaving comfort behind, I think there were not in all the city four merrier people than the hungry little girls who gave away their breakfasts and contented themselves with bread and milk on Christmas morning.
15 Not a very splendid show, but there was a great deal of love done up in the few little bundles, and the tall vase of red roses, white chrysanthemums, and trailing vines, which stood in the middle, gave quite an elegant air to the table.
16 She never suspected that the exercise books and new songs which she found in the rack were put there for her especial benefit, and when he talked to her about music at home, she only thought how kind he was to tell things that helped her so much.
17 It was lined with books, and there were pictures and statues, and distracting little cabinets full of coins and curiosities, and Sleepy Hollow chairs, and queer tables, and bronzes, and best of all, a great open fireplace with quaint tiles all round it.
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