Two weeks ago my poll asked which Little Woman you were. I was quite surprised with the responses. The poll responses looked like this:
- Meg: 12 of 29
- Jo: 11 of 29
- Beth: 2 of 29
- Amy: 4 of 29
I can’t believe it! The largest amount of you identified with Meg!
I thought no-one identified with Meg! She was always the most boring of the March girls to me. Sure, she was the prettiest, but other than that, as far as I could see she didn’t have a lot going for her. She wasn’t bright or witty or talented like her sisters. As I read the book, she idolised conventional society, and had to be basically bashed over the head with lessons to make her realise that it wasn’t all it was stacked up to be. She didn’t even realise that she loved Mr Brooks until Aunt March warned her off him. And then she married him and settled down and was a boring, conventional Victorian mother. Blah
Me, I have all of Jo’s worst faults, one of her best characteristics, and her sewing talent, combined with some of Amy’s more appealing character qualities. I’m mostly graceful and charming in society (Amy), with the occasional tendency to speak my own mind as I see it, not always politely (Jo). I stand my beliefs, no matter how unpopular they are with other people, and constantly have to work not to judge people who say one thing and act another (Jo). And I make pretty clothes (Jo), and I get told I have style (Amy). And I’m probably vainer than I ought to be (Amy). And I definitely have a temper (Jo). Sigh.
But Meg? I can’t see any Meg in me. I can’t even see much Meg in Meg!
But according to my poll lots of people who I adore (hehe…I can see your ISB!) think they are Meg-ish. So clearly I missed something in my reading. So what do you see in Meg? Why are you a Meg? Or why aren’t you a Meg?
Also, why was no-one a Laurie? None of you were overly generous, occasionally impulsive, a bit petulant when thwarted, very idealistic, and had a major first love? No one? What’s with that!?!