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by Louisa May Alcott
Amy March Timeline and Summary
Amy is sitting with her sisters on Christmas Eve, lamenting the fact that her family is poor. Amy takes part in a play written by her sister Jo. Amy resolves to carry her "burdens" gracefully. Amy convinces Meg to give her the family's rag money for the month so that she can buy pickled limes to share with her friends at school. Amy is caught with the pickled limes in her desk and punished by her teacher by being hit across the hand with a ruler. Amy leaves school and swears she will never go back. Amy promises her mother that she is mature enough to be home-schooled. Amy is angry when Jo, Laurie, and Meg go to a play without her. In revenge, she burns Jo's manuscript. Amy apologizes to Jo, but is not forgiven. Amy runs after Jo and Laurie, who are going ice skating. Amy falls through a weak spot in the ice and is rescued by Jo and Laurie. Amy and Jo are reconciled. Amy experiments with being lazy and discovers she doesn't like it. Amy attends "Camp Laurence" and meets Laurie's British friends, the Vaughns. Amy participates in the Pickwick Club with her sisters. Amy describes her "castle in the air" to Laurie and her sisters. Amy is disturbed when the family receives a telegram saying that Mr. March has been injured. Amy is well-behaved and helps the family while Mrs. March is gone. Amy is sent to stay at Aunt March's while Beth is ill with scarlet fever. Amy, with the help of Aunt March's maid Esther, creates a little chapel for herself at Aunt March's house. Amy makes a will. Amy shows the chapel to her mother, who has just returned from Washington. Amy is overjoyed to return home for Christmas and to see her father again. Amy attends Meg's wedding. Amy experiments with many different artistic methods and forms. Amy convinces Jo to help her pay calls on their wealthy friends and neighbors, with disastrous effects. Amy takes part in a fair organized by Mrs. Chester and impresses everyone with her unselfish, generous behavior. Amy is invited to go to Europe with her Aunt and Uncle Carrol and cousin Flo. Amy has a wonderful time traveling around Europe, seeing the sights, especially great art. Amy is reunited with Fred Vaughn, who courts her. Amy is reunited with Laurie, who falls in love with her. Amy lectures Laurie on his lazy behavior. Amy refuses Fred's proposal of marriage. Amy is distraught to learn of Beth's death. Amy and Laurie get married. Amy and Laurie return home and tell their families about their wedding. The pair resolve their fortune to help young men and women who have talent and need a little money to succeed. Amy gives birth to a daughter and names her Beth. Amy and Laurie worry about Beth's health. Amy begins making a marble sculpture of Beth.