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Jo March Timeline and Summary
- Jo, aged fifteen, is sitting with her sisters on Christmas Eve, lamenting the fact that they have no money.
- Jo's sisters perform a play that she has written.
- She meets her neighbor Laurie.
- Jo resolves to carry her "burdens" gracefully.
- Jo nurses Laurie while he is sick and they become even better friends.
- Jo goes to a play with Meg and Laurie.
- She discovers that Amy has burned her manuscript.
- Jo goes skating with Laurie and ignores Amy running after them.
- Jo feels guilty for Amy's accident on the ice and resolves to keep her temper.
- Jo convinces her sisters to let Laurie join their Pickwick Club.
- Jo experiments with doing whatever she wants and abandoning all her household duties. She doesn't like it very much.
- Jo takes part in "Camp Laurence," Laurie's picnic for his British guests, the Vaughns.
- She describes her "castle in the air" to Laurie and her sisters.
- Jo secretly publishes two of her short stories, then reveals her success to her family and friends.
- Jo is horrified when her family receives a telegram stating that Mr. March has been injured.
- Jo and Meg try to run the household while their mother is away nursing their father in Washington.
- Jo nurses Beth, who has scarlet fever.
- She is overjoyed when her mother returns home and Beth starts to get better.
- Jo is disgusted with Meg's growing affection for John Brooke.
- Jo is excited by her father's return.
- Jo is depressed by Meg's engagement to John Brooke.
- She devotes herself to writing and taking care of Beth.
- Jo attends Meg's wedding.
- Jo wins a $100 prize in a short story competition.
- Jo publishes her novel in a heavily edited form and receives mixed reviews.
- She and Amy pay calls on their neighbors, and Jo's erratic behavior horrifies her proper sister.
- Jo's bad behavior causes her aunts to send Amy to Europe instead of Jo.
- Jo tries to figure out what is upsetting Beth and decides that she must be in love with Laurie.
- Jo goes to New York as a governess to the Kirke children.
- Jo gets to know Mr. Bhaer, who becomes her good friend and advisor.
- She returns home and turns down Laurie's proposal of marriage.
- Jo discovers that Beth is dying.
- Jo nurses Beth through her illness and mourns her sister's death.
- Jo feels lonely and wishes that she could find happiness in marriage like her sisters Meg and Amy.
- She and Mr. Bhaer get engaged.
- Jo inherits Aunt March's mansion, Plumfield.
- Jo and Mr. Bhaer open a boarding school for boys.
- Jo lives happily, if busily, ever after!