Meg March, the oldest of the March girls, a plump governess to unruly neighborhood children. She marries John Brooke.
Jo March, a tall, awkward, tomboyish girl who likes to write and to devise plays and entertainments for her sisters. In character and personality, she corresponds to the author. She resents Meg’s interest in John but later is happy to have him as a brother-in-law. She writes and sells stories and becomes a governess for Mrs. Kirke in New York. Proposed to by Laurie, she rejects him. She later marries Professor Bhaer, with whom she establishes a boys’ school at Plumfield, Aunt March’s old home.
Beth March, a gentle homebody helpful to Mrs. March in keeping house. She contracts scarlet fever, from which she never fully recovers. She dies during the spring after Jo’s return from New York.
Amy March, a curly-haired dreamer who aspires to be a famous artist. She is a companion of Aunt Carrol on a European trip. She marries Laurie.
Mrs. March (Marmee)
Mrs. March (Marmee), the kindly, understanding, lovable mother of the four March girls.
Mr. March, her husband, an army chaplain in the Civil War who becomes ill while away but who later returns well and happy.
Theodore Laurence (Laurie)
Theodore Laurence (Laurie), a young neighbor who joins the March family circle. He falls in love with Jo, but after his rejection by her he transfers his feelings to Amy, whom he marries.
Professor Bhaer, a tutor in love with Jo, whom he marries.
Mr. Laurence, the wealthy, indulgent grandfather of Laurie.
Aunt March, a wealthy, irascible relative who wills her home to Jo.
John Brooke, Laurie’s tutor, who falls in love with and marries Meg.
Aunt Carrol, a relative of the Marches.
Mrs. Kirke, a New York boardinghouse keeper.
Demi, Meg’s children.