Their martyr mother reveals in her moral greatness and this was not an absorbing escapist adventure. There is stagy dialogue and the family of god-botherers get a new neighbour in Laurie. Jo fails at hair tonging and howls. People refer to rubber overshoes, do they mean wellies? People want to take belladonna. Amy whines about a slate.
The great aunt babbles. Beth doesn’t talk or go to school, are TPTB hinting she is autistic? Nobody brushes their hair. This was well-intentioned. Jo is mean to Amy. I hate Jo (Maya Hawke). Their mother is a morally broken try-hard. There is a comedy servant. Amy burns Jo’s book. Jo is generally excused for her horrible slack jawed stupidity and undignified ranting.
This has austere dryness and Beth is covered in freckles. Amy is much reviled by Jo and she does nothing when Amy falls into an icy pond. Jo and her bitter hostility and fierce determination annoys. The sisters don’t necessarily like each other. Their mother needs help nailing herself to her cross. You could not tell the American Civil War was raging during all this. There is snobbery and a mention of pickled limes and a sighting of one black person. Jo sells her hair.
“You can’t go to a party without any gloves.”
“Allowed or even possible.”
“Like to die.”
“Shoeless little lad.”
“The retiring room.”
“Smell a papist from 10 yards.”
“How much fetching does an orange tree take?”
“May I offer you a chair?”
There is no broad satisfaction. Meg whines about her mother’s integrity and being dressed up. Their mother is all self-repression. Beth is a martyr and gets Scarlet Fever. Jo writes for the Spread Eagle. Leg waxes apparently existed during this era. Laurie looks like the guy from ‘The Magicians’. Amy tantrums.
Why are people always getting fevers? Their great aunt had a child that died apparently. There is more snow and the seasons make no sense in this show. The kittens are apparently cats now. The timeline makes no sense. Their useless father comes home and Jo has to earn money for beef and the roof. Meg marries and Laurie studies. This was singularly unconvincing.
“3 year courtship.”
“Gone out scrubbing.”
“Poking about among poor folks.”
“The end of the way things are.”
“Homes of your own.”
“Everyone will have to beat it.”
“Cross old woman.”