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Chapter 18: Dark Days
Beth has a severe case of the scarlet fever. As the days pass she gradually worsens until she lapses into an unconscious state. Finally the doctor announces that Mrs. March should be sent for. Jo races off to the telegram office, but on the way home finds out the Laurie has already sent a message and that Mrs. March is expected that night.
Around midnight the crisis point is reached and Bethís fever breaks. Mrs. March arrives home early in the morning.
Jo cries on Laurieís shoulders. She feels as though she has the heaviest burdens of all the family. She doesnít really, although she is the one closest to Beth. Itís just that she reacts to everything that happens on a more deeply personal level than the others. This is another symptom of her drive to have control over everything.