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Summary of Part One Little Women tells the story of the four March sisters Meg Jo Beth and Amy as they grow from childhood to adulthood The story is set during the Civil War times The March girls are struggling because their father is away at war and funds are limited Jo and Meg have to work outside from home not only because their father is away at war but also because he lost all of his money trying to help a friend in need Jo works for her bitter Aunt March Meg spends her days teaching small children as a governess When Jo and Meg attend a New Years party they meet their neighbor Theodore Laurence or Laurie as he prefers to be called He is the grandson of their rich neighbor Mr Laurence Jo and Laurie established the beginning of a wonderful friendship All the girls start visiting the Laurence home with the exception of Beth Beth being the shy one from the sisters and afraid of Mr Laurence decides to stay home instead Mr Laurence finds out that Beth is a wonderful piano player He talks in private to Mrs March she helps him convince her to attend his house and play the piano in private Beth makes Mr Laurence some slippers to show him her gratitude Mr Laurence touched by her sincerity gives her the piano that once belonged to his sickened and departed granddaughter From that point her and Mr Laurence develop a special bond Meanwhile Amy is terribly in debt with her classmates It seems that for Amy and her classmates is a pastime to trade pickled limes Meg gives Amy money to buy limes She purchases 24 and proudly announces it to her classmates When she refuses to share her limes with a classmate she gets in trouble with her teacher He then smacks her with a ruler When Mrs March finds out she then decides
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