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May Flowers

Louisa May Alcott

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .We'd better change our names from May Flowers to sisters of charity, and wear meek black bonnets and flapping cloaks."[6]

Anna received these replies with great composure, and waited for the meeting to come to order, well knowing that the girls would have their fun and outcry first, and then set to work in good earnest.

"I think it's a lovely idea, and I'll carry out my plan. But I won't tell what it is yet; you'd all shout, and say I couldn't do it, but if you were trying also, that would keep me up to the mark," said Lizzie, with a decided snap of her scissors, as she trimmed the edges of a plush case for her beloved music.

"Suppose we all keep our attempts secret, and not let our right hand know what the left hand does? It's such fun to mystify people, and then no one can laugh at us. If we fail, we can say nothing; if we succeed, we can tell of it and get our reward. I'd like that way, and will look round at once for some especially . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Preachy, even for Alcott.

A little too preachy about young women doing good deeds.

If Louisa Alcott wrote it, I'll read it. And this book is about as Louisa-ish as it gets. Complete candy floss, but a quick read.

This book was interesting to me from a modern perspective (copyright 1887). I'm sure some would call is classist and I wondered about that myself with some of the stories - but Alcott manages to make the protagonists sympathetic, varied and human in their motivations. So I don't think the "classist"