What is Jo's secret in Chapter 14 of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women?

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Laurie happens to see Jo go in and out of an office several times in a very odd way.

When Laurie meets Jo in the street, her face red and looking like she's undergone a "trying ordeal," he asks her what's going on. She, in turn, asks him why he is coming from a billiard saloon. He explains that he is taking fencing lessons.

Laurie also tells Jo he has a secret he will share if she shares her own. So Jo tells him she has just submitted two of her stories in hopes they will be published:

"Well, I’ve left two stories with a newspaperman, and he’s to give his answer next week," whispered Jo

Laurie shows his confidence in Jo when he tells her that her writing is Shakespeare when measured against most of what else is published. He says:

Why, Jo, your stories are works of Shakespeare compared to half the rubbish that is published every day. Won’t it be fun to see them in print, and shan’t we feel proud of our authoress?

He then shares with her his secret that Mr. Brooke might be in love with Meg.

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Jo's secret, as told to Laurie, is that she has submitted two stories to a local newspaper editor, and she must wait to hear if they have been accepted for publication until the following week.  She would have preferred to keep this news a complete secret because she will be so disappointed if they are not accepted, and she did not want anyone else to share in the disappointment.  She only tells Laurie because he knows something is up with her anyway, and because he promises to tell her a secret in return: he ends up divulging that Mr. Brooke, his tutor, has been keeping Meg's glove in his pocket for days.  Jo, however, does not care for this secret because she does not relish the idea of Meg being "taken away" from her family.  Jo wants everything to say just as it is.

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Jo secret is that she has submitted two stories she has written to a newspaperman to see if he will buy them and publish them in his paper. She goes off to his office secretly, not telling her mother or sisters what she is up to. Laurie sees her going there, and when he trades secrets with her, she confides in him about her secret mission. He is delighted and convinced she is on her way to becoming an author.

Sometime later, Jo reads aloud a story called "The Rival Painters" to her sisters from the newspaper. They like it and are delighted when they find out that Jo wrote it. Clearly, Jo has had a happy ending to her secret mission of submitting her stories for publication.

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