October 20, 2020

Watching ‘Little Women’: We were four sisters. Now we are three.

Watching 'Little Women': We were four sisters. Now we are three.

When we first watched (and rewatched and rewatched, ad infinitum) Gillian Armstrong’s Little Women as girls we were four sisters. Now, we are three.

After my sister died two years ago, I couldn’t understand why the change to our number — no longer four, but three — distressed me almost as much as how much I missed her. Watching Greta Gerwig’s 2019 adaptation, though, I started to realize why.

People always have the most incredulous reactions to hearing you’re one of four sisters — as if a house of three women was reasonable, but four or even five women including mother!? That’s one too many, a preposterous amount of girlishness under the same roof and surely torture for our “poor” father. …

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