The real-life Laurie´s called Louisa May Alcott “Little Mama”.... why the film makers between 1933 and 2019 romanticize their relationship.
Recording podcast with the wonderful lady who wrote this amazing book series.
I warmly recommend this novel to all Jo and Fritz fans out there <3 <3 <3
I am very picky what it comes to modern re-telling, but I´ll tell you, when I read this book it actually felt more closer to original Little Women, than majority of Little Women adaptations.
They didn´t call him “Lazy Laurie” for nothing.
Jo´s experiences of falling in love are really, Louisa´s experiences of falling in love..
As always love chatting with Emily.
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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In some ways I think that Victorian love was more pure than now, or maybe it´s just that humans have become more cynical.
If she had seen his face when, safe in his own room, he looked at the picture of a severe and rigid young lady, with a good deal of hair, who appeared to be gazing darkly in futurity, it might have thrown some light upon the subject, especially when he turned off the gas, and kissed the picture in the dark. -Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
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.
People judge Jo, the way she becomes more feminine in Little Women part 2. Jo is 15 in LW part 1 and LW part 2 covers years between 19-35+ it would be pretty strange if there would´t be any kind of personal or physical development.
Here´s the thing. LMA writes in the beginning of the Little Women part 2 that Jo had received “softer features”or the way I read it, her lady parts were developing. It´s described in the book how Laurie is flirting with her and slow key trying to suggest a physical contact or like my friend says “Laurie´s actions can not be approved, simply because he was horny”.
The younger Jo made fun of the way her sisters wanted to fit in the society of young girls, the older Jo feels isolation because she can not fully fit into the male society, sure she is more welcome there, but there is lots of misogyny. She is not fully welcome to the female unless she can´t leave behind her own misogynistic though processes.
Louisa May Alcott has quotes of person receiving a higher form of self understanding when they move on from one interesting person to another, or the way Alcott scholar Christine Doyle puts it “Laurie is the fascination of Jo´s childhood, but Friedrich is a man” “He speaks to the romantic side of her and her practicality”.
In order to find balance Jo needs to form her own society and that she can do together with Fritz by starting a school. No need to choose, whether to be more masculine of feminine, since he thought she was perfect the way she was and he brought out the best of her.
Goethe è ancora oggi una grande figura in Germania e nei paesi di lingua tedesca, bisogna leggere almeno alcune sue opere per entrare nell'università desiderata. Sono state fatte molte ricerche tra le somiglianze nel romanzo di Louisa “Una lunga e fatale persecuzione dell'amore” e il Faust di Goethe, ma le connessioni tra gli scritti di Goethe e le piccole donne sono solo all'inizio. Friedrich e Jo sono personaggi misti. Louisa ha scritto che Jo fosse una versione idealizzata di se stessa, quindi Jo ha anche elementi di donne che Louisa ammirava. Louisa scrisse a Friedrich per essere il suo uomo ideale, quindi Friedrich ha elementi di uomini che Louisa amava e ammirava, e Goethe era uno di quegli uomini.
«La signora Kirk mi ha detto che era di Berlino. Molto colto e buono, ma povero come un topo di chiesa”. Goethe non era povero come un topo di chiesa. In effetti, proveniva da un ambiente aristocratico, ma Friedrich condivide l'intellettualismo di Goethe e il libro suggerisce che se Fritz fosse rimasto in Germania, avrebbe raggiunto una grande fama a causa del suo intellettualismo.
Nella sua città natale era un uomo molto onorato e stimato per la sua conoscenza e integrità. Jo era orgoglioso di sapere che era un insegnante onorevole a Berlino, ma solo un terribile maestro di lingue in America, e la sua vita domestica e lavorativa era notevolmente impreziosita dal sapore del romanticismo che questa scoperta gli dava. La città natale di Goethe non era Berlino. Era di Weimar, ma le due città sono a soli 100 miglia di distanza nella stessa regione.
Citazione di Megan Armknecht: Quando Alcott scrisse Piccole donne, Berlino stava guadagnando importanza e sarebbe diventata la capitale del nuovo impero tedesco nel 1871. Tratti simili di Goethe e Friedrich Ci sono somiglianze tra le personalità di Goethe e Friedrich. Entrambi erano uomini di famiglia e figli amati. Le sue caratteristiche includono la gentilezza e la generosità di cuore. Quando Jo vede per la prima volta Fritz, sta aiutando una giovane serva a portare un pesante pacco di pasta.
Nella sua lettera a casa, Jo commenta l'incidente. “Non è stato gentile da parte sua? Mi piacciono queste cose perché, come dice papà, le sciocchezze mostrano carattere.Friedrich ama i bambini ed è molto bravo con loro. Dopo la morte di sua sorella Minna, ha adottato i suoi nipoti Franz ed Emil e li ha allevati come suoi. Per Jo, il fatto che Friedrich abbia dei figli, soprattutto maschi, è in realtà una cosa molto attraente. In tutto il romanzo, il narratore (Louisa) menziona quanto Jo ami i ragazzi e viva con i ragazzi e con energia infantile.
Jo adora guardare come Fritz interagisce con i bambini. Quando è a New York, spia lui e la piccola Tina, che è la figlia della cameriera francese della pensione. Jo scrive; "Tina ha perso il suo cuore per il signor Bhaer e lo segue in giro per casa, come un cane, ogni volta che è a casa, il che lo delizia perché gli piacciono molto i bambini". Il biografo di Goethe Herder scrive che Goethe è stato un bravo ragazzo per tutta la vita. Desideroso di imparare e disposto a dare tutto quello che aveva per rendere felici gli altri. Una delle cose che Jo trova attraente nel personaggio di Friedrich è il modo in cui è sempre pronto a prendersi cura delle persone e di se stesso. Questo è in contrasto con il comportamento di Laurie, poiché per la maggior parte del romanzo, Laurie non sa come essere un adulto o come prendersi cura di se stessa e spera che una volta sposati, Jo sarà la sua badante, non un partner alla pari , che è ciò che Amy diventa in seguito.