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What is the summary of chapter 14 of Little Women?

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Chapter 14 of Little Women is entitled Secrets, which is exactly what we find in this chapter. At the beginning of the chapter, Jo is working continuously on her story. Jo hasn't told anyone that she is writing stories to try to get them published. 

Jo goes to the newspaper office to see about getting her work published, and while there she runs into Laurie. They talk awhile and enjoy each other's company. Jo tells Laurie about wanting to get her writings published. Laurie tells Jo another secret, that Mr. Brooke has kept Meg's lost glove in his pocket. Jo is slightly taken back by this. She is worried that Meg will get married and leave them. Jo doesn't want anything to change and she isn't very happy about it. Jo keeps the secret, though. 

By the end of the chapter Jo gets all of her sisters together and reads them a story out of the newspaper. The sisters enjoy the tale and ask Jo about it and she tells them that the story is hers.

Stop jabbering, girls, and I'll tell you everything, said Jo, wondering if Miss Burney felt grander over her EVILINA than she did over her 'Rival Painters'. Having told how she disposed of her tales, Jo added, And when I went to get my answer, the man said he liked them both, but didn't pay beginners, only let them print in his paper, and noticed the stories. It was good practice, he said, and when the beginners improved anyone would pay. So I let him have the two stories, and today this was sent to me, and Laurie caught me with it and insisted on seeing it, so I let him. And he said it was good, and I shall write more, and he's going to the next paid for, and I am so happy, for in time I may be able to support and help the girls.

Jo's breath gave out here, and wrapping her head in the paper, she bedewed her little story with a few natural tears, for the independent and earn the praise of those she loved were the dearest wishes of her heart, and this seemed to be the first step toward that happy end.

Chapter 14 is the beginning for Jo. It is the first time that she sees her work in print and she begins to believe that she just might be able to do this for a living and help take care of her family.

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