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.