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Beth was the quiet, kind and reliable sister. She was always there waiting when the other girls were out in the world and she was content to be that way. Beth was the one who always thought of others first and her care for others would eventually end up contributing to her wasting away. She was a skilled pianist, but she did not seek fame or fortune from it...she played purely for the enjoyment of herself and others. I remember reading the book when I was in grade school and I was always so sad when Beth passes. It still gets me to this day.
"There are many Beths in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully that no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping, and the sweet, sunshiny presence vanishes, leaving silence and shadow behind."
Beth speaks this passage in the book, which describes her feelings:
"I never wanted to go away, and the hard part now is the leaving you all. I'm not afraid, but it seems as if I should be homesick for you even in heaven."
I love the 1994 movie version of Little Women that starred Claire Danes as Beth. Her portrayal of Beth is subtle and poignant. I really believe that she captures the character beautifully. This scene from the movie between Jo and Beth has me in tears every time (in fact, I'm in tears now as I read it again).
Jo: Beth, I'm not a great writer.
Beth: But you will be. Oh, Jo, I've missed you so. Why does everyone want to go away? I love being home. But I don't like being left behind. Now I am the one going ahead. I am not afraid. I can be brave like you.
What a tragic thing it would be to lose a sister. All the more so to lose a sister like Beth. Now please excuse me while I ..... *sob*