What does March like about Grace and Marmee?

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March is first drawn to the slave woman named Grace.  He meets her when he is a young man working as a peddler in the southern United States.  Grace is a slave to Mr. and Mrs. Clement, who are plantation owners.  She is literate, which is unusual for a slave.  Grace has learned to read by a sort of necessity, because her mistress had wanted someone to read poetry to her.  March admires her kind and tender disposition.  She is a beautiful woman and March is physically attracted to her.  Grace later states that she feels he likes the idea of her more than her as a person:

He loves, perhaps, an idea of me: African, liberated. I represent certain things to him, a past he would reshape if he could, a hope of a future he yearns toward.

March later leaves and goes north.  It is there that he meets Marmee, the daughter of a minister.  She is spirited and has strong opinions.  March is in awe of her brilliant mind.  Like himself, Marmee is a dedicated abolitionist, which he admires.  She is courageous and even helps slaves escape north via the Underground Railroad.  She has a sharp temper when challenged, which March believes he can help her to control.  He describes her temper as "the lawless, gypsy elements of her nature."

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