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by Louisa May Alcott
Meg March Timeline and Summary
Meg is sitting with her sisters on Christmas Eve, feeling blue because they are poor. Meg takes part in a play written by her sister Jo and performed for their friends and neighbors. Meg resolves to carry her "burdens" in life cheerfully. Meg sends a blancmange that she made to her neighbor Laurie, who is sick. She gives Amy the family's rag money so that she can buy pickled limes for her friends. Meg goes to stay with the Moffat family for two weeks to celebrate Belle Moffat's coming out. Meg allows the Moffat girls to dress her up in fancy clothes, makeup, and jewelry, and she behaves flirtatiously at their ball. She confesses her excesses at the Moffats' ball to Marmee and Jo. Meg presides over her sisters at the meeting of the Pickwick Club. Meg experiments with being lazy and finds out that she doesn't like it. Meg meets Laurie's British friends, the Vaughns, at a picnic. She is courted by Ned Moffat and John Brooke at the picnic. Meg describes her "castle in the air" to her sisters and Laurie. Meg is horrified to learn by telegram that her father has been wounded. Meg tries to take over as the head of the household in her mother's absence. She helps care for Beth, who has scarlet fever. Meg is relieved when her mother returns from Washington and takes over caring for Beth. Meg begins to fall in love with John Brooke. Meg is delighted when her father returns home on Christmas Day. Meg toys with John Brooke's affections. Meg defends John Brooke to her Aunt March. She accepts John Brooke's proposal of marriage. Meg waits for three years, learning to be a good homemaker while John Brooke serves as a soldier. Meg and John get married. Meg tries and spectacularly fails to make jelly. She wastes $50 on expensive silk. Meg convinces her friend Sallie to buy the silk from her and uses the money to buy John a new coat. Meg gives birth to twins, Daisy and Demi. She spends too much time with her children and neglects her husband. Meg and John achieve a balance between their adult relationship and caring for their children together.