In Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, how does Jo spend her childhood days with Laurie ?

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Jo March is introduced at the first as a tomboy among the four sisters. Each of the other girls is feminine in some way (Meg wants to be a wife, Beth is shy and quiet, Amy wants to be sophisticated and beautiful), but Jo wants to have good times. In Laurie (ironic that as a boy he has what is now seen as a “girl’s name”), she finds the brother and companion she has desperately wanted her whole life. They enjoy physical activity such as ice skating, climbing the nearby hills, running and joking. Jo envies Laurie’s chance to study, something that was denied to females at that time. Their relationship continues to be merely as friends. It does not have any hint of romance during their teen years. It is only as they grow up that Laurie begins to think of Jo as a woman. Jo has not made that transition of thinking of herself in that way, and she cannot think of Laurie as a husband. He has been too much her playmate. They begin to drift apart after this until Laurie falls in love with Amy with Jo’s blessing.

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