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Дом Pick up some more examples from Chapters 17 and 18 to prove that critical situations change us all out of recognition and help to distinguish between real and false values.
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Find in the text and translate into Russian the following words and expressions:

to do one’s best

to devote oneself to…

to feel very anxious

to keep house

to miss smb.

irksome

to keep the watch

despondently

as the winter night began to wane.

Recall the situations from the story suggested by the following sentences:

Meg stayed at home, lest she should infect the Kings.

… Beth was very patient, and bore her pain uncomplainingly as long as she could control herself.

…while the shadow of death hovered over the once happy home.

"Yes, my dears, I think the little girl will pull through this time. Keep the house quiet, let her sleep, and when she wakes, give her . . ."

Comment on the following meditations:

Then it was that Margaret, sitting alone with tears dropping often on her work, felt how rich she had been in things more precious than any luxuries money could buy - in love, protection, peace, and health, the real blessings of life. Then it was that Jo, living in the darkened room, with that suffering little sister always before her eyes and that pathetic voice sounding in her ears, learned to see the beauty and the sweetness of Beth's nature, to feel how deep and tender a place she filled in all hearts, and to acknowledge the worth of Beth's unselfish ambition to live for others, and make home happy by that exercise of those simple virtues which all may possess, and which all should love and value more than talent, wealth, or beauty. And Amy, in her exile, longed eagerly to be at home, that she might work for Beth, feeling now that no service would be hard or irksome, and remembering, with regretful grief, how many neglected tasks those willing hands had done for her. Lauriehaunted the house like a restless ghost, andMr. Laurencelocked the grand piano, because he could not bear to be reminded of the young neighbor who used to make the twilight pleasant for him. Everyone missed Beth.

"If life is often as hard as this, I don't see how we ever shall get through it," added her sister despondently.

Study Chapters 17 and 18, and mark, how the character of Beth is revealed and developed. How is she seen through the eyes of her dearest and nearest?

Read and translate the following:

The girls never forgot that night, for no sleep came to them as they kept their watch, with that dreadful sense of powerlessness which comes to us in hours like those.

"If God spares Beth, I never will complain again," whispered Meg earnestly.

"If god spares Beth, I'll try to love and serve Him all my life," answered Jo, with equal fervor.

"I wish I had no heart, it aches so," sighed Meg, after a pause.

"If life is often as hard as this, I don't see how we ever shall get through it," added her sister despondently.