Updated version of one of the podcast episodes. Louisa May Alcott has a special narrative that she repeats in many of her novels. It´s a common motif especially in Little Women. Idea that a person spiritually transfers and gains better self-understanding, happiness and motivation when they move on from one (love) interest to another.
The first love interest does the opposite, pulls the person back into self-destructing habits, and the other love interest brigns the harmony.
This happens to Jo when she moves on from Laurie to Friedrich.
It happens to Laurie when he moves on from Jo to Amy.
It happens to Tommy in (Jo´s boys) when he moves from Nat to Dora.