Jo and Laurie
Posted by Tamee on June 10, 1998 at 14:26:59:
In response to Isn't Little Women a sort of autobiography?, written by Constanza on June 09, 1998 at 11:40:53
] Taking into account that LMA did not marry, it makes one's wonder why she considered Prof Bauer as a funny match. Perhaps, after all, Laurie would have been the right match for her.
Though when I first read the book, I thought Jo and Laurie would be a great match, eventually (especially in reading the sequels) I realized that the two of them were both too alike and too different in exactly the wrong ways to make a go of a marriage. They were both stubborn, impatient, independent, and temperamental. Laurie enjoyed music, elegance, society and style; Jo had no aptitude for music, and disliked society and elegance, and loved nothing better than to descend into a vortex of writing. I think they would have driven each other crazy if they had had to live together.
Of course on the surface, Prof. Bhaer does seem a funny match; he's old enough to be her father, as bluffly German as Jo is American, as patient as Jo is impatient and rather ugly in features (especially in comparison to Laurie, which is why I've always disliked him in the adaptations of the book--he's always too young and too romantic looking). But strangely enough they share some of the same dreams and ambitions (Plumfield school is a dream for both) and they complement one another. I think it ends up working out splendidly, and that Prof. Bhaer far from being a funny match ends up being the perfect one.
- Why a "funny match?" Stolzi 10:09:06 6/13/98 (0)
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