Louisa wrote in her journal about a conversational lesson with Mr. Lane:
“What virtues do you wish more of?” asks Mr. Lane.
Patience, Love, Silence,
Obedience, Generosity, Perseverance,
Industry, Respect, Self-denial.
“What vices less of?”
Idleness, Wilfullness, Vanity,
Impatience, Impudence, Pride,
Selfishness, Activity, Love of cats.
from The Girlhood Diary of Louisa May Alcott, 1843-1846:
Writings of a Young Author
2 thoughts on “Diary of Louisa May Alcott: Virtues and Vices”
Love of cats? Love of CATS???
I believe Mr. Alcott tried to tame Louisa but failed. She was boisterous and had enthusiasms. Sounds like the enthusiasms included cats. I hope she never managed to conquer that vice.
Comments are closed.