Wednesday, 27 May 2009

Download: "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott

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Little Women
Part One

"Chapter" I.1
Playing Pilgrims
"Christmas won't be Christmas without any presents," grumbled Jo,lying on the rug.
"It's so dreadful to be poor!" sighed Meg, looking down at her olddress.
"I don't think it's fair for some girls to have plenty of prettythings, and other girls nothing at all," added little Amy, with an injuredsniff.
"We've got Father and Mother, and each other," said Beth contentedlyfrom her corner.
The four young faces on which the firelight shone brightened at thecheerful words, but darkened again as Jo said sadly, "We haven't gotFather, and shall not have him for a long time." She didn't say "perhapsnever," but each silently added it, thinking of Father far away, where thefighting was.
Nobody spoke for a minute; then Meg said in an altered tone, "You knowthe reason Mother proposed not having any presents this Christmas wasbecause it is going to be a hard winter for everyone; and she thinks weought not to spend money for pleasure, when our men are suffering so in thearmy. We can't do much, but we can make our little sacrifices, and ought todo it gladly. But I am afraid I don't" And Meg shook her head,as shethought regretfully of all the pretty things she wanted.

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