Amys will

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Grades: 4th 5th 6th

Topics: Realistic Fiction

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Amy's Will


by Louisa May Alcott from Little Women

Chapter Nineteen passage: The well-beloved classic novel "Little Women" has charmed generations of readers. It's the story of the young March sisters who are growing up during the U.S. Civil War. This passage is about Amy as she lives with Aunt March while Beth is seriously ill. After reading the passage, students will answer questions on the language and character traits and do a little proofing.

Reading Comprehension Passage

Amy's Will

by Louisa May Alcott from Little Women
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is about the life and adventures of four March sisters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. They are growing up during the American Civil War. As this passage starts, the girls' mother is away taking care of Mr. March, who is sick in Washington, D.C. Beth has become very ill, and the older girls are taking care of her at home. Amy, the youngest, has been sent to stay with Aunt March. Laurie, or Theodore Laurence, is the kind boy who lives with his grandfather next door to the girls. Hannah is the March's housekeeper, and Joanna is Beth's doll.

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 "Now I'm ready," said Amy, shutting the wardrobe and taking a piece of paper out of her pocket. "I want you to read that, please, and tell me if it is legal and right. I felt I ought to do it, for life is uncertain and I don't want any ill feeling over my tomb."

Laurie bit his lips, and turning a little from the pensive speaker, read the following document, with praiseworthy gravity, considering the spelling:

MY LAST WILL AND TESTIMENT

I, Amy Curtis March, being in my sane mind, go give and bequeethe all my earthly property—viz. to wit:—namely

To my father, my best pictures, sketches, maps, and works of art, including frames. Also my $100, to do what he likes with.

To my mother, all my clothes, except the blue apron with pockets—also my likeness, and my medal, with much love.

To my dear sister Margaret, I give my turkquoise ring (if I get it), also my green box with the doves on it, also my piece of real lace for her neck, and my sketch of her as a memorial of her 'little girl'.

To Jo I leave my breastpin, the one mended with sealing wax, also my bronze inkstand—she lost the cover—and my most precious plaster rabbit, because I am sorry I burned up her story.

To Beth (if she lives after me) I give my dolls and the little bureau, my fan, my linen collars and my new slippers if she can wear them being thin when she gets well. And I herewith also leave her my regret that I ever made fun of old Joanna.

To my friend and neighbor Theodore Laurence I bequeethe my paper mashay portfolio, my clay model of a horse though he did say it hadn't any neck. Also in return for his great kindness in the hour of affliction any one of my artistic works he likes, Noter Dame is the best.

To our venerable benefactor Mr. Laurence I leave my purple box with a looking glass in the cover which will be nice for his pens and remind him of the departed girl who thanks him for his favors to her family, especially Beth.

I wish my favorite playmate Kitty Bryant to have the blue silk apron and my gold-bead ring with a kiss.

To Hannah I give the bandbox she wanted and all the patchwork I leave hoping she 'will remember me, when it you see'.

And now having disposed of my most valuable property I hope all will be satisfied and not blame the dead. I forgive everyone, and trust we may all meet when the trump shall sound. Amen.

To this will and testiment I set my hand and seal on this 20th day of Nov. Anni Domino 1861.

Amy Curtis March

Witnesses:

Estelle Valnor, Theodore Laurence.

The last name was written in pencil, and Amy explained that he was to rewrite it in ink and seal it up for her properly.

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Reading Comprehension Questions

1. What is one word Amy misspelled? How should the word be spelled?



2. What is one item in Amy's will that tells the reader about her character? Explain your answer.



3. What does venerable mean here: "To our venerable benefactor"?



4. What was one reason Amy gave for writing her will?