Heartwarming: Little House on the Prairie

  • In Little House in the Big Woods, little Laura's rather upset because Mary has blonde hair whereas hers is, in her own words, "ugly and brown". Pa then points out that he has brown hair, too, which makes her much happier with her own.
  • In These Happy Golden Years, Almanzo making it clear that he will continue to take Laura home every Friday and then back to her school on Sunday even if he has nothing to gain from it himself. To elaborate: the previous weekend, Laura told him up-front that she was only going with him in order to get home, so he shouldn't feel any obligation to come. On Friday afternoon, the temperature is forty below and dropping and Laura is absolutely certain there's no chance at all he's going to come. He does.
    • On the same note, once Laura's teaching job is over and she's back at home, she discovers that her school friends are all going sleighing and clearly having a wonderful time. Realizing that her extended absence has caused her to be left out, she feels quite depressed - until Almanzo shows up at her door asking if she'd like to go sleighing.
  • A subtle one in By the Shores of Silver Lake. At the beginning of the book the Ingallses move west to Dakota Territory, even though Ma doesn't want to, because Pa (as ever) wants a homestead and has a job offer at the railroad camp in the meantime. Once they're there, Laura wants to go further west, and is jealous of her "wild" cousin Lena whose family is going to move on. Pa obviously feels the same way but tells her he promised her mother they would settle down somewhere where the girls could go to school. One night Laura takes Carrie out to slide on the frozen lake, and by following the reflection made on the ice by the moon, they end up going all the way across. They see a wolf and run back to the house, where Pa is surprised to hear that they got that far away in the first place.
    "We followed the moonpath," Laura told him. Pa looked at her strangely. "You would!" he said.
  • In These Happy Golden Years, Mary's first trip home from college. She moves around the house with ease, shows the family her tools and books, and gives them gifts she's made — except for Pa, who receives a blue silk handkerchief. She tells them that she bought it while out on a trip with her roommate Blanche, who, while legally blind, can still see colors if they're bright enough. They fooled the clerk into thinking she could tell the colors by touch, which Mary laughs about. It's the first time she's outright laughed since she went blind, and Laura thinks that alone makes all the trouble and unpleasantness of her own time as a schoolteacher worth it.
  • In These Happy Golden Years, Laura telling Almanzo he may kiss her goodnight, after she accepts the engagement ring. It's sweet and a little awkward, and it's Laura clearly trying, when she's been mostly reserved towards him all along.
    • A lot of her earliest interactions with Almanzo are both sweet and somewhat funny, mostly because while the reader can easily see what he's doing, Laura is fifteen and completely clueless. He's being as romantic as was actually possible in a frontier town, and Laura does not see it. It takes Mary Power pointing it out to make Laura realize hey, surprise, she's being courted. (The narrative explicitly mentions that Laura has no idea why a 'grown-up' would want to spend time with a girl still in school.) Somehow, this comes off as endearing, rather than creepy.
  • Rose's birth. The First Four Years spends a lot of time fussing and figuring out the Wilders' financial situation, and this is the only time it's not made out to be a dire annoyance.
    There were doctor bills, but, after all, a Rose in December is much rarer than a rose in June, and must be paid for accordingly.

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