"The book is a film that takes place in the mind of the reader." ~ Paulo Coelho

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Inklings // September 2020: Little Women

Hello to all my fellow literary lovers!

Apologies that it's been a couple of weeks since I posted. There is a lot going on right now, but I'll give you a plethora of posts next week to make up for it. I'm posting today because it's the 19th, which means it's a new month, with a new Inklings! Inklings is a monthly linkup hosted by Heidi of Along the Brandywine.
How it works: 
Heidi writes a prompt and you write a post talking about a scene in a book or movie including that scenario. It's really fun and Heidi would love it if you joined! You don't have to do it every month, just whichever ones that you want to.
I have participated in July 2016, August 2016September 2016July 2020, & August 2020.
Read Heidi's for September HERE.

September 2020's prompt: A schoolroom scene in book or film

Okay, so I had a million ideas for this one. There are literally so many possibilities! I tried to narrow it down by deciding to use one from a book. Heidi used a scene from my favorite book of all time (so you should go check it out HERE). I considered using one from the Harry Potter books, or the Little House books, or something by L. M. Montgomery, but none of them seemed important enough. I wanted to do one from the book Prairie Lotus - by Linda Sue Park which I read this year and loved, but I returned the book to the library and couldn't use it for reference.

Today an idea came to me! I started working on it ASAP. Fun note, as soon as I read the prompt to my sister she asked if I was going to use the one that I'm using. We think alike.

My pick is from Little Women - by Louisa May Alcott! My sister and I both have decided that this ISN'T a spoiler, so if you haven't read the book or seen a movie version you can read this if you like.

This scene in the book goes for several pages so I'm not going to type it all out, but just summarize and put some pictures from a couple of on-screen versions. Enjoy!

Chapter 7: Amy's Valley of Humiliation
All of the other girls in the school have pickled limes and Amy March owes so many to people but can't repay. Meg gives Amy enough money to buy them. Of course, since limes have caused such a rukus, the teacher has banned them. Amy has 24 of them and becomes very popular...but gets caught. She is commanded to throw the limes out of the window, is struck (for the first time in her life! Oh the horror!), and has to stand where all can see her until recess. She vows that she won't go back there ever again.
In various film versions that I've seen they change it up. For example, in the 2019 version (which is the one most fresh in my mind), she drew a caracature of the teacher and was punished. After that she runs to the Lawrence house because she knows that she is: "Going to be in so much trouble!" *wailing*
And, my memory is a little foggy, but I think in the 1994 version she runs to Aunt March's house where her older sister Jo is.
2018 Mini series
Sorry, these photos were not what I was looking for, but it's all I could find!

There you have it! Is it surprising that the homeschooler that I am picks a scene throwing a bad light on a school room? Mwahahaha. But really, I think that schools are very important and I wish the best for all students!

Time for you to talk to me! Are you (or were you) homeschooled? What is your favorite educational subject? Oh, and what is your favorite version of Little Women? I know that there are plenty that I want to see. Thanks for reading!



  1. That scene in Little Women always confused me, because I wasn't (and still am not) entirely sure what pickled limes are. XD
    Also, because I am homeschooled, the teacher just...making a kid throw stuff out the window? Is confusing, too. Although, purportedly, a similar thing happened in one of my mom's classes in school, although it was the teacher doing the throwing. Yet another reason to love being homeschooled. :)

    1. Right? I'm still confused. I know that I love the flavor of limes, but to have them pickled? What does that even mean!? Maybe these things are so old fashioned that we'll never have an answer. XD
      Ah, yes, the joys of being homeschooled! :) Strange things happen when a group of people gather...

  2. I always thought this was an interesting scene. I didn't like the way they did in the one with Wionna Ryder, though, because it felt like a very un-Marmie like reaction.

    1. Oh yes, it is very important to Amy's character because she learns a valuable lesson about popularity and pride! It's been awhile since I saw that version, but I agree, it felt a little off.

  3. I clearly remember my dad reading this scene out loud to my sisters and I, and when Amy said that she was never going back there, I said,"Well, good for her. Homeschooling is awesome."
    I don't think I've ever seen any of the movie versions of Little Women. Well, I saw one of the older versions a long time ago, but I don't remember which version it was. I do want to see the 2019 one, and the Winona Ryder version.
    To answer your questions, I'm homeschooled, and my favorite subject is Literature.

    1. Yes! Same! I was like, "Finally! Beth realized that from the beginning, and now Amy is on the right track, too!"
      All the film versions that I've seen are really emotional, but good! The Winona Ryder version is a classic. Some people are confused by the 2019 because it is told in a broken timeline, but I love it! I want to see the 1933 and 1949 versions.
      Awesome! I love Literature, too!

  4. So I read this right away and then apparently didn't comment *frowns deeply at prior self*, but anyway, great entry! And yeah, what are pickled limes?? I've always wondered, so glad to know I'm not the only one. XD

    To answer your questions:
    I was homeschooled.
    My favorite subject was history (which would include literature & archaeology) very closely followed with creation science (i.e. including stuff like paleontology etc).
    I grew up with the 1949 June Allyson Little Women so that one's dyed in the wool for me, but I have also seen the 1933 version with Katharine Hepburn, the 1978 with William Shatner, and the '94. Definitely need to see and review some of the newer ones!

    1. I do that all the time, so no worries. Thanks for coming back to do it! :) It's a little curious that we don't get any mention of pickled limes before then or after! XD

      Yay! I love meeting other people who were homeschooled! Er, we've "met" before, but it's fun knowing that about you! :) History is such a broad and fascinating subject! There is so much to learn about.
      Ah, I want to see the 1949 version so badly (all because of Peter Lawford <3)!! Same with the 1933 (though I saw the beginning once) and since I read your review fit the 1978 I've been interested in that one as well! So much to look forward to. I know some people didn't like the 2019 for different reasons, but I LOVED IT and would really enjoy reading your thoughts on it if you get a chance to see it!


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