The Double Life: The Journal of Louisa May Alcott

  • Judy Simons


In 1843 when she was ten, Louisa May Alcott described in her journal ‘A Sample of our Lessons’:

‘What virtues do you wish more of?’ asks Mr.L. I answer:—

Patience, Love, Silence,

Obedience, Generosity, Perseverance,

Industry, Respect, Self-denial.

‘What vices less of?’

Idleness, Wilfulness, Vanity,

Impatience, Impudence, Pride,

Selfishnes, Activity, Love of cats.


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    Louisa May Alcott, Behind A Mask ( London: Hogarth Press, 1985 ) p. 12.Google Scholar
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    Louisa May Alcott, Little Women (Harmondsworth-Puffin, 1978) p. 119.Google Scholar
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    Carolyn G. Heilbrun, Reinventing Womanhood ( London: Victor Gollancz, 1979 ) p. 72.Google Scholar

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© Judy Simons 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Judy Simons
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  1. 1.Sheffield City PolytechnicUK

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