With Marmee, accompanied by John Brooke, still in Washington with her sick husband , Jo takes charge of the household, taking Amy out of the school where she is bullied. Beth continues to visit the Hummels but contracts the scarlet fever rampant in the town, Amy being sent to stay with cantankerous Aunt March, but with their father's health still poor, the girls refrain from informing Marmee. Fortunately Laurie steps in to bring her home for Christmas, where the family has another pleasant surprise. and, for different reasons, Jo ad Meg have cause to celebrate.
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