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How did Beth die in "Little Women"?
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Alcott never states Beth's immediate cause of death. At the start of the story, Beth is thirteen years old. One year later, Beth contracts scarlet fever while caring for the Hummel family and comes close to dying. She pulls through but is never again the "rosy-cheeked" girl introduced at the beginning.
Beth's last stated age is nineteen. Over the years, her health deteriorates to the point where her family recognizes and eventually accepts the inevitable. During her last few months she becomes more and more frail physically, but stronger emotionally and spiritually. She dies quietly in the springtime.
Posted by alyson423 on November 18, 2010 at 7:06 AM (Answer #2)
She had scarlette fever and never realy recovered eventually it took here life.
Posted by leaelle on January 19, 2012 at 1:40 PM (Answer #3)
she gets scarlett fever at the start but later on she recovers... but while taking care of a small girl she gets TB and dies later on.....
Posted by eriqah on August 24, 2012 at 2:57 PM (Answer #4)
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Beth did a lot of charity work, and caught scarlet fever from someone she had nursed. She did not die immediately, but was weakened so much by the disease that she grew weaker, until she finally died.
Posted by lynn30k on December 9, 2008 at 9:40 AM (Answer #5)
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