Little Women: Red Flags In Laurie’s Proposal Part 2

Discussions about the way book Laurie proposes Jo and the history behind Little Women.

What you will learn

Learn about book Laurie’s and Jo’s relationship

How Laurie is based on Alcott’s ex Laddie Wisniewski

19th century book publishing

real life people behind Little Women


I have often come across people who compare Jo’s and Laurie’s “love story” with Anne and Gilbert from Sullivan’s entertainment version of Anne of Green Gables. This is something that Melodie and I are discussing in this episode, also about the stalkerish – way Laurie sees the March sisters. How this behaviour was romanticised in the 19th century and how there are people still today who consider that romantic.

Melodie and I are also chatting about the stalkerish elements in Laurie’s behaviour and a lot of the things that wouldn’t necessarily go through if Little Women would be written today. We are also chatting about the fairytale elements in Jo and Laurie’s “love story”, him being rich and handsome and Jo being poor and not so great looking, but what about all the scenes in the book that never get adapted? like the things, he says during the proposal.

Little Women Podcast is an ongoing series of video essays, articles and podcast episodes that examines the intersections in Louisa May Alcott´s Little Women.

Hosted by Alcott essayist Niina Pekantytär. Regular visits from literal scholars and Little Women fans.

Here´s what listeners have said about the Little Women podcast: Melodie I love this podcast! The host knows more, digs deeper, and makes better connections than any other LMA/Little Women researcher I’ve seen. I would consider myself a big LMA/Little Women fan, and I’d say I know more about the two than the average person (or average fan even), but I always learn something new listening to this podcast. I’m the admin for “The Little Women Book Club” on Facebook, and our members all really love this podcast. If you’re an LMA/Little Women fan you will love it, too!

rotten Tiger

What a beautiful podcast! It’s so insightful and entertaining. It understands the characters perfectly (especially Laurie), I love it


As a long-time, die-hard Little Women fan, I LOVE this podcast! I stumbled upon it while doing research for a book series I was working on, and I am addicted! Niina is super knowledgeable in all things LW, from the book(s) to the movies and author Louisa May Alcott’s real life. I love that the discussions are based on the book and highlight the differences (sometimes controversial) between the original and newer adaptations. Highly recommended for anybody who loves getting lost in the world of Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March.


I love your Little Women content. Thank you for sharing all your studies and research! I read the book earlier this year for the first time and I fell in love with Jo and Fritz’s relationship. I’m so glad I binged listened to your podcast to further my love for them. It also kickstarted an obsession with LMA too, she’s such an interesting woman and moved around in so many circles. I can’t believe there are people that still don’t get Jo and Fritz. While reading I found it very obvious that Jo was falling for him even if Jo hadn’t realized it yet herself (I mean the girl didn’t shut up about his hands and how nice he is!). My heart melted at the moment when it says (rephrasing here:) ‘if Jo could’ve seen the Professor kissing the picture of her before going to bed, she would’ve known why he was visiting her hometown’ ? I see here Jo’s influence on Friedrich. Being with her and knowing her, encourages him to be more active, take initiative to things unknown, go find answers to his questions, try finding another job for bettering his nephew’s life.



Jo’s Adoration For Boys

Jo’s love for boys.

Laurie’s lack of intellectual curioisity

Laurie’s lack of intellectual curiosity

Louisa May Alcott’s relationship with Laddie and Henry

Louisa May Alcott’s relationship with Laddie and Henry

Little Women and History of “Girl Books”

Little Women and History of “Girl Books”

How Alcott recreates Her Own Favorite stories in Little Women

How Alcott recreates Her Own Favorite stories in Little Women

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