Special Sub-Topic: Little Miss Helpful
|Which of the sisters does Beth unconsciously help the most, comforting her and stopping her quarrels with the other sisters?|
Jo. Beth's quiet ways influence Jo a lot, and a word from Beth will often comfort Jo, or stop a quarrel.
|When Jo befriends the Laurences, Beth is persuaded to play their grand piano. Who enjoys listening to her play so much that he keeps his study door open to hear her?|
Mr. Laurence. Beth's playing comforts Mr. Laurence, while Laurie "mounts guard in the hall to warn away the servants" because Beth is extremely shy, and doesn't want people listening.
|Because of his kindness, Beth gives Mr. Laurence what?|
A pair of slippers. In return, Mr. Laurence gives her a piano that used to belong to his long dead and much mourned for daughter. To everyone's shock, Beth goes over to Mr. Laurence to thank him, something her shyness makes almost impossible.
|What is Beth's present to Marmee (their mother)?|
Some handkerchiefs. Jo ridicules her for embroidering "Mother" on them, and Beth defends herself, saying that her mother's and Meg's initials were too similar. Meg scolds Jo and commends Beth for her decision.
The incorrect answers are the gifts from the other girls:
Meg: grey gloves
Jo: Army slippers "the best kind"
Amy: a bottle of cologne in a handsome bottle
|At Laurie's party, which "dreadful boy" does Beth talk to and comfort?|
Frank. Frank broke his leg years ago, and always uses crutches. He wistfully watches the other lads doing gymnastics. Beth pities him, and enters into conversation with him. Frank's sister, Grace, comments that he hasn't laughed in a long time, but Beth made him laugh.
|News comes that Mr. March is dangerously ill. What does Beth begin to knit for him?|
Socks. Beth also goes to borrow from Mr. Laurence, who comes and offers everything from his dressing gown to himself as an escort for her mother. Meg helps her mother pack to go to her husband and Jo sells her hair for twenty-five dollars.
|Although Beth has a headache, who does she take food to?|
The Hummels. The Marches have always given much to the Hummels, and Beth continues her mother's work.
|Beth gets scarlet fever.|
True. She contracts it when the Hummels get ill, and she goes to help nurse them. Hannah, Meg, and Jo constantly hover around her, and she eventually gets better.
|Although she recovers from the fever, Beth never recovers fully, and eventually dies. In the period between her fever and death, it is revealed that she gave gifts to who else?|
Students at school. As the students passed by her window, she would drop little gifts, such as notebooks, needle books, pens, and ink stands. The students often wrote her thank you notes, and she really coveted them.
|After Beth's death, who tried to take her place in cleaning around the house?|
Jo. Jo "found herself imitating Beth's orderly ways" and even humming the songs she liked. The rest of the family were grateful, and in their hearts, Beth lived on.
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