Little Women

Little Women: Extras

In both Lists of Illustrations, page numbers link to the picture itself, no matter where it ended up.

Pages xi-xvi of the 1896 Little, Brown edition:


List of Illustrations

[The Illustrations, designed by Frank T. Merrill, drawn, engraved, and printed under the supervision of George T. Andrew.]

They all drew to the fire, mother in the big chair, with Beth at her feet Frontispiece.
Titlepage iii
Preface v
Contents vii
Tail-piece to Contents ix
List of Illustrations xi
Tail-piece to Illustrations xvi
Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents 1
Beth put a pair of slippers down to warm 5
I used to be so frightened when it was my turn to sit in the big chair 6
Do it this way, clasp your hands so 7
It was a cheerful, hopeful letter 10
How you used to play Pilgrim’s Progress 11
No one but Beth could get much music out of the old piano 13
At nine they stopped work and sung as usual 14
[xii] Merry Christmas 15
The procession set out 19
Out came Meg with gray horse-hair hanging about her face 22
A little figure in cloudy white 23
The lovers kneeling to receive Don Pedro’s blessing 25
We talked over the fence 27
Tail-piece 28
Eating apples and crying over the “Heir of Redclyffe” 29
Jo undertook to pinch the papered locks 31
Mrs. Gardiner greeted them 34
Face to face with the Laurence boy 35
They sat down on the stairs 39
Tell about the party 42
The kitten stuck like a burr just out of reach 43
Curling herself up in the big chair 48
Reading that everlasting Belsham 52
He took her by the ear! by the ear! 54
Mr. Laurence hooked up a big fish 55
Tail-piece 57
Being neighborly 58
Laurie opened the window 60
Poll tweaked off his wig 64
Putting his finger under her chin 67
Please give these to your mother 69
Tail-piece 72
O sir, they do care very much 75
Mr. Laurence often opened his study door 77
She put both arms around his neck and kissed him 81
The Cyclops 82
Amy bore without flinching several tingling blows 86
You do know her 89
Girls, where are you going? 91
I burnt it up 95
Held Amy up by his arms and hockey 99
Packing the go abroady trunk 104
Meg’s partner appeared 110
Asked to be introduced 114
I wouldn’t, Meg 118
Holding a hand of each, Mrs. March said, &c. 122
Mr. Pickwick 125
Jo threw open the door of the closet 131
Jo spent the morning on the river 134
Amy sat down to draw 136
[xiii] O Pip! O Pip! 140
Miss Crocker made a wry face 143
We’ll work like bees 146
Beth was postmistress 147
Amy capped the climax by putting a clothes-pin on her nose 151
Mr. Laurence waving his hat 153
Now, Miss Jo, I’ll settle you 155
A very merry lunch it was 156
He went prancing down a quiet street 158
“Oh, rise,” she said 159
A stunning blow from the big Greek lexicon 159
He sneezed 160
The Portuguese walked the plank 161
Will you give me a rose? 162
Miss Kate put up her glass 167
Ellen Tree 168
Tail-piece 171
Swinging to and fro in his hammock 172
It was rather a pretty little picture 174
Waved a brake before her face 178
I see him bow and smile 181
Tail-piece 183
Jo was very busy 184
Hurrah for Miss March 189
Jo darted away 190
Jo laid herself on the sofa and affected to read 193
November is the most disagreeable month in the year 195
One of them horrid telegraph things 197
She came suddenly upon Mr. Brooke 199
The man clipped 203
Tail-piece 205
Letters 206
She rolled away 208
I wind the clock 213
Yours Respectful, Hannah Mullet 214
Tail-piece 215
It didn’t stir, and I knew it was dead 218
He sat down beside her 221
What do you want now? 224
Beth did have the fever 225
Gently stroking her head as her mother used to do 228
Amy’s Will 234
Polish up the spoons and the fat silver tea-pot 235
[xiv] On his back, with all his legs in the air 236
I should choose this 237
Gravely promenaded to and fro 241
Amy’s Will 243
Tail-piece 245
Mrs. March would not leave Beth’s side 246
Tail-piece 253
Letters 254
Jo and her mother were reading the note 256
Get up and don’t be a goose 261
“Hold your tongue!” cried Jo, covering her ears 263
He stood at the foot, like a lion in the path 265
Beth was soon able to lie on the study sofa all day 269
The Jungfrau 271
Popping in her head now and then 277
He sat in the big chair by Beth’s sofa 277
Shall I tell you how? 280
Bless me, what’s all this? 282
For Mrs. John Brooke 288
Home of the Little Women 290
The Dove Cote 293
A small watchman’s rattle 302
Tail-piece 305
The First Wedding 306
Artistic Attempts 313
Her foot held fast in a panful of plaster 315
Please don’t, it’s mine 322
Tail-piece 324
Literary Lessons 325
A check for one hundred dollars 329
Tail-piece 333
Domestic Experiences 334
Both felt desperately uncomfortable 341
A bargain, I assure you, ma’am 344
Laurie heroically shut his eyes while something was put into his arms 348
Calls 350
She took the saddle to the horse 355
It might have been worse 359
The call at Aunt March’s 362
Tail-piece 364
You shall have another table 365
Bought up the bouquets 372
Tail-piece 377
[xv] Flo and I ordered a hansom-cab 378
Every one was very kind, especially the officers 378
I’ve seen the imperial family several times 384
Trying to sketch the gray-stone lion’s head on the wall 387
She leaned her head upon her hands 391
Now, this is filling at the price 395
Up with the Bonnets of Bonnie Dundee 398
I amused myself by dropping gingerbread nuts over the seat 403
Thou shall haf thy Bhaer 406
He waved his hand, sock and all 409
Dis is mine effalunt 410
I sat down upon the floor and read and looked and ate 415
Tail-piece 417
In the presence of three gentlemen 418
A select symposium 425
He doesn’t prink at his glass before coming 428
Jo stuffed the whole bundle into the stove 431
He put the sisters into the carriage 435
He laid his head down on the mossy post 438
O Jo, can’t you? 446
Tail-piece 447
With her head in Jo’s lap, while the wind blew healthfully over her 449
Tail-piece 453
He hurried forward to meet her 454
Here are your flowers 461
Demi and Daisy 466
Mornin’ now 473
My dear man, it’s a bonnet 477
Tail-piece 479
Sat piping on a stone while his goats skipped 480
Laurie threw himself down on the turf 485
A rough sketch of Laurie taming a horse 493
The Valley of the Shadow 495
Tail-piece 501
Sat staring up at the busts 502
Turning the ring thoughtfully upon his finger 507
O Laurie, Laurie, I knew you’d come 511
How well we pull together 515
Jo and her father 518
Jo laid her head on a comfortable rag-bag and cried 524
A substantial lifelike ghost leaning over her 525
The tall uncle proceeded to toss and tousle the small nephew 534
O Mr. Bhaer, I am so glad to see you 537
[xvi] Mr. Bhaer sang heartily 541
Mrs. Laurence sitting in her mother’s lap 543
They began to pace up and down 547
Tail-piece 549
Me loves evvybody 551
What makes my legs go, dranpa? 552
Dranpa, it’s a We 556
Tail-piece 557
Mr. Bhaer and Jo were enjoying promenades 558
Looking up she saw Mr. Bhaer 561
Does this suit you, Mr. Bhaer? 565
Under the umbrella 573
Tail-piece 574
Harvest time 575
Teddy bore a charmed life 582
Leaving Mrs. March and her daughters under the festival tree 583
Tail-piece 586

seated young woman looking at a drawing

Notes and Corrections

[Although the title page is included in this edition’s list of illustrations, it does not actually contain any art. Even the publisher’s logo was deferred until the last page of the volume (after the page containing the final Tailpiece).]

[In both the Merrill and the Smith editions, the Preface was printed before the Table of Contents and List of Illustrations. I have kept it in its original location.]

Tailpiece to Contents
[I moved this illustration to the beginning of Part Two’s Contents.]

Home of the Little Women
[This illustration—apparently a fold-in—is missing from the text I used. On the title page it is credited to Edmund H. Garrett.]

Page ix of the 1915 Little, Brown edition:


From Drawings in Color by Jessie Willcox Smith

They all drew to the fire Frontispiece
The great drawing-room was haunted by a tuneful spirit that came and went unseen 76
Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy 124
Holding on to the banisters, she put him gently away 232
Jo and Beth 404
He put his arms about her, as she stood on the step above him 465
In a minute a hand came down over the page, so that she could not draw 514
Passers-by probably thought them a pair of harmless lunatics 597


Volumes I and II of the first edition carried most of the same ads—probably printed from the same plates, which would explain the matching errors—with the same page numbers. For convenience I have put the ads in numerical order, although neither volume printed them that way. Advertising Page 1, whatever it was, doesn’t appear in either volume; neither do pages 4-10. The two Handy Volume pages (Happy Thoughts and Doctor Jacob) were unnum­bered, so I’ve called them HV1 and HV2.

Page sequence, Volume I: 3 2 11 12 18 16 17 HV1 HV2 14.
Volume II: 16 12 11 3 2 HV1 HV2 14.


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“The story is simply told, for adventures like those of the author need no graces of style or highly wrought figures. The book has a charm which few novels possess; indeed, one can hardly believe that it is true, and that so few years have passed since men of noble birth and fine culture were condemned to suffer for years in prison on account of their political opinions.” —Boston Transcript.

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LITTLE WOMEN; or, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. A Girl’s Book. By Louisa M. Alcott. With Illustrations. One volume, 16mo. Price, $ 1.50.

“One of the pleasantest books we have read for a long time is ’Little Women,’ the story of four young girls,—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. This is a thoroughly natural and charming book, fresh and full of life, and we heartily recommend it to all young people, big or little. We gave it to a little girl of twelve to read, for whose opinion we have great respect, and she pronounced it just the nicest book. ’I could read it right through three times, and it would be nicer and funnier every time.’ And, to our certain knowledge, she read it twice in one week, and would have read it again had not the book been carried off.” —Putnam’s Magazine.

THE LITTLE GYPSY. Translated from the French of Eli Sauvage by Miss Luyster. With 12 Illustrations by Frölich. Square 12mo. Bevelled cloth, gilt side. Price, $ 1.50.

“It is seldom we find a story so rich in material. There is truth, simplicity, pathos, romance, variety, purity, kindness enough concen­trated for a dozen ordinary books. We give our unqualified approbation to the artistic merits and unwearying interest of The Little Gypsy, who has stolen our heart by her rare loveliness and goodness, just as she did that of all those who came within the sphere of her magnetic influence.” —Boston Transcript.


1. Mischievous Joe.

2. Foolish Zoe.

3. Boasting Hector.

The Text by their Mammas; the Designs by L. Frölich. Bound in flexible cloth. Price, 75 cents each.

These illustrated picture-books are produced in the highest style of the art, and will please the little folks beyond measure.

“The illustrations are very successful, and are just naughty enough to please the little folks. They always take special pleasure in the tragic element, and find stories of perfectly good boys and girls too tame and uninter­esting to suit their desire to see in books just such children as they are themselves,—passionate, proud, vain, struggling with their evil impulses, and only growing better by constant effort, aided by wise precept and the highest of all influences, good example.” —Boston Transcript.

MISS LILY’S VOYAGE ROUND THE WORLD. Undertaken in company with her two cousins, Masters Paul and Toto, and Little Peter. Translated from the French by Miss Luyster. With 48 designs by Lorenz Frölich. 8vo. Bevelled cloth, gilt side. Price, $ 3.50.

This narrative of a voyage planned by four adventurers, who, fascinated by reading Robinson Crusoe, wished to become great travellers, is made irresis­tibly humorous by Frölich’s admirable designs.

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SWEET COUNSEL. A Book for Girls. By Sarah Tytler. 16mo. $ 2.25.

THE PIGEON PIE. A Tale of Roundhead Times. By Miss Yonge. Illustrated. 16mo. $ 1.25.

HELEN AND HER COUSINS; or, Two Months at Ashfield Rectory. Illustrated. 18mo. 50 cents.

THE TANNER BOY. A Life of General Grant. Illustrated. 16mo. $ 1.50.

GASCOYNE; The Sandal-Wood Trader. By Ballantyne. Illustrated. 16mo. $ .50.

THE TIGER PRINCE: or, Adventures in the Wilds of Abyssinia. By Dalton. Illustrated. 16mo. $ 1.50.

THE PRIVATEERSMAN. Adventures by Sea and Land. By Captain Marryatt. Illustrated. 16mo. $ 1.50.

SANDFORD AND MERTON. By Thomas Day. Illustrated. Square 16mo. $ 1.25.

POPULAR FAIRY TALES. Containing the choicest and best known Fairy Stories. Illustrated. 2 vols., square 16mo. Each, $ 1.25.

PAUL PRESTON’S VOYAGES, Travels, and Remarkable Adventures. Illustrated. Square 16mo. $ 1.25.

FIRESIDE TALES. In Prose and Verse. By Mary Howitt. Illustrated. 16mo. 75 cents.

THE SCOTTISH ORPHANS; and Arthur Monteith. By Mrs. Blackford. Illustrated. 16mo. 75 cents.

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Errors and Inconsistencies: Advertising Section

Mechanical errors such as invisible punctuation marks are noted only if they were the same in both volumes.

[2-3] Jean Ingelow
[Save yourself a trip to the encyclopedia. Jean Ingelow (1820–1897) was an enormously popular English poet; she was even suggested for Poet Laureate. She would have been the first woman to hold the title—but I don’t think that’s why the London Morning Star calls her the Lady Laureate. She outlived Elizabeth Barrett Browning (and Adelaide Procter) by several decades; after her death, her reputation seems to have sunk without a ripple.

Then again, the same could be said of some of the people who did make Poet Laureate.]

[2] among the most beautiful of the holiday offerings
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[12] Messrs. Roberts’ Bros. are publishing
unexpected apostrophe unchanged

Throughout this page, the spelling “Recamier” for expected “Récamier” is unchanged.

[14] our own private library
“p” in “private” invisible

[HV1] Mr. Burnand’s usual daring.
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But then you don’t analyze it.
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[16] “The ‘Layman’s Breviary’ will adorn drawing-room centre-tables
opening double quote “ invisible or damaged

The original of this text is in the public domain—at least in the U.S.
My notes are copyright, as are all under-the-hood elements.
If in doubt, ask.