Anonymous asked:Please share the "afterglow" moment between Jo and Fritz that you once mentioned. I need it, you know, for reasons. 👀
I found it :D
"We give them the kindly spirit that shines through the simplest demeanour making it courteous and cordial, like you my dear old boy"
"Tut tut! we will not compliment; for if I begin you will run away and I have a wish to enjoy this happy half hour to the end?" yet Mr Bhaer looked pleased with the compliment for it was true and Mrs Jo felt that she had received the best her husband could give her by saying that he found his truest rest and happiness in her society".
-Little Men, Chapter Goldilocks
It probably depends on the edition but in this one that I have, it´s said that Fritz is laying on the couch Jo next to him, after a long sweaty day in the garden.
All the conversations in Little Men between Jo and Fritz are very warm and intimate. Kinda reminds me of that notion of Louisa and Henry having a "telepathic connection" (plus he also worked sweaty in the garden). They are very playful conversations. He is teasing her and she him, in the most adorable ways, and what is funny about is that when they tease each other, they really just give each other compliments.
What I love about this is how Jo feels that the place next to Friedrich is the best place in the world and they have this specific time each day that they spend with one another. It makes me think of something that Arithanas could have written. He also wants her to be close to her physically and emotionally.
In Little Women, there is the sex scene between Meg and John which is referred to as a "moment of bliss".
Here we have "truest rest and happiness" (which I always read as afterglow) Now that I read this again he actually sounds kinda suggestive so maybe it´s foreplay.
Now, Louisa got into a bit of trouble with Little Women part 2. It was considered too much of an adult novel and there were some people and organizations who even wanted to ban it because of "moment of bliss" and Jo´s sexual awakening with Fritz. Most readers don´t even pay attention to these details now (which I blame the adaptations) but I think it´s actually pretty amazing.
I did find this fun blog post how words like "moment of bliss" and "truest rest and happiness" were used as euphemism.
"Nineteenth-century" people also used euphemisms for sex and sexual activity. As I've said before, contrary to nineteenth-century stereotypes, Maggie clearly enjoys her sexual relationship with Eli. However, propriety demands that she refrain from being too graphic when she speaks about it or when she writes in her journal. In A Time to Heal she uses an alternate term, "free," when writing about sexual activity in her journal, and yet it's clear what she is referring to. I was taught the value of modesty, Journal. But having been married twice, I also learned the value of being free with one’s husband. Today Eli and I were free by the little pond on our property.
In the same journal entry, she also uses the word "pleasant" and the phrase "enjoy each other" to indicate sexual activity.While it would not be prudent to give details of our afternoon, allow me to say that it was quite pleasant. The sun was warm, and we dried quickly after our swim. Then we enjoyed each other’s company while the birds called sweetly, and the cicadas whirred in the trees" https://www.squeakingpips.com/blog/nineteenth-century-euphemisms
Sorry that it took forever for me to reply. This might surprise some, but I am really slow reading in English.
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Since anon asked me about the sex scene between Jo and Fritz in Little Men I ended up re-reading the whole book. Then I thought I would write a review about it and now it seems I might need to make a double review since when looking the sex scene I had to double read all Jo scenes, Friedrich scenes and Jo and Friedrich scenes and 90% of all my notes about Little Men, are about how amazing truly Fritz is.
You know how in Little Women Jo says, her friend Friedrich Bhaer was not only good, but great.
Just look at this scene how he is interacting with Nat, when he 100% beliefs that he stole Tommy´s money.
“I am very sorry Nat, but evidences are against you, and your old fault makes us more ready to doubt you than we should be if we could trust you as we do some f the boys who never fib. But mind my child, I do not charge you with this theft I shall not punish you for it till I am perfectly sure, nor ask anything more about it. I shall leave it you to settle with your own conscience. If you are guilty come to meet me at any hour of the day or night and confess it, and I will forgive and help you to amend. If you are innocent, the truth will appear sooner or later, and the instant it does, I will be the first to beg your pardon for doubting you, and will so gladly do my best to clear your character before us all”.
Nat has a history of “telling tall tales” so of course Fritz though it might have been Nat, but he doesn´t blame him or shout at him or abuse him at all.
He is so kind and gentle, and we don´t deserve him.
I also love the scene where Emil tells about the one time he got into trouble and he could´t even dare to look at his uncle´s sad face and remember how much he had done for him.