Invent a new ending to Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

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In order to complete this task, it is important to have a thorough knowledge of the characters and how each person's life changed by the end of the book.  At the end of the novel, Meg and John Brooke have been married for many years and have twins, Daisy and Demi.  Jo and Professor Bhaer are married and start a school in Aunt March's old house.  Jo had inherited the house from her deceased aunt.  Beth March has already passed away.  Amy is married to Laurie and they have a daughter, Beth, who is sickly.  When the book ends, the family has just celebrated Marmee's 60th birthday and they are thankful for their lives.  

Among fans of the book, there is some debate about the fate of the characters from the story.  Some think that Beth's early death was unnecessary.  Others think that Jo should have married Laurie rather than Professor Bhaer.  Some readers even think that Jo should have remained single and instead pursued her literary career full time.  From this information, you will have to decide what your new, invented ending will be.  Will Jo marry someone else?  Will Beth live?  There may even be other changes that you will decide to make.