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Tearjerker / Little Women

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  • Louisa May Alcott's poems My Beth and In The Garrett.
  • Everything about Beth's death, really.
    Often when she woke Jo found Beth reading in her well-worn little book, heard her singing softly, to beguile the sleepless night, or saw her lean her face upon her hands, while slow tears dropped through the transparent fingers, and Jo would lie watching her with thoughts too deep for tears, feeling that Beth, in her simple, unselfish way, was trying to wean herself from the dear old life, and fit herself for the life to come, by sacred words of comfort, quiet prayers, and the music she loved so well.
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  • In the 1994 film, after Amy and Laurie have gotten married, Jo says "Promise me that you will always live close by. I couldn't bear losing another sister." The Reality Subtext of Amy's real-life equivalent May Alcott Nieriker, who died in Paris the year after her marriage, is incredibly sad.
  • The death of John Brooke in Little Men, complete with more tragic Reality Subtext.
    A very simple service, and very short; for the fatherly voice that had faltered in the marriage-sacrament now failed entirely as Mr. March endeavored to pay his tribute of reverence and love to the son whom he most honored.
  • "Some Things Are Meant to be," from the musical, from beginning to end.
    "All my life I've lived for loving you.
    Let me go now."
  • The fact that out of the four Alcott's sisters, Louisa May couldn't change her beloved sister's name, so she kept her name as Elizabeth.
  • For those who dearly loved the series, the final line of Jo's Boys:
    "And now, having endeavoured to suit everyone by many weddings, few deaths, and as much prosperity as the eternal fitness of things will permit, let the music stop, the lights die out, and the curtain fall forever on the March family."
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