I suppose in theprocess of the , maiden translates to girl, and delight equals joy – that seems simple enough.
But… once upon a time, I remember sitting in my truck, absolutely dumbstruck, while listening to anprogram – unbelievable! Somebody had come up with the bright idea to re-write by in what they decided was a more user-friendly language. A language that young girls of the late 20th century could better understand.
My guess is that there were too many words of more than one syllable for this person’s liking.
There was one stand-out idea for reworking Alcott’s book – scrapping Beth’s death scene and starting again from scratch – because what young girl of today would understand the allegory of Beth’s little wild birds flying away? (I think it was at this point that my jaw dropped.) Seriously?
I did a kind of hit-and-run internet search and couldn’t find anything except a fewversions, so hopefully the author couldn’t find a to pick up the book. Either that or the book was published, but it so badly tanked sales-wise, that we’ve been able to erase it from our collective memories.
I’ll leave you with those semi-snarky thoughts because I’m bound for the barn. I’m needing a shovel and a few tools – there’s a wee issue with a leaky frost-free hydrant that needs sorting out. Oh wait, I was going to tell you why today’s block related to my ramblings on Little Women.
Did you know that Louisa May Alcott was a strong supporter of women’s suffrage, and that she was the first woman to register to vote in?
And lastly – or finally, depending on your point of view – if you’ve not read Little Women, no matter your age, do yourself a favor and read it. Do your daughters a favor as well, give them your copy when you’re finished – or better yet, read it together.
Here are some Louisa May Alcott sources you might find interesting:
Obituary (from the New York Times)