Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott

Jack and Jill by Louisa May Alcott

Jack and Jill

by Louisa May Alcott

To the schoolmates of ELLSWORTH DEVENS,

Whose lovely character will not soon be forgotten,

This Village Story is affectionately inscribed by their friend,




Chapter 1 The Catastrophe

Chapter 2 Two Penitents

Chapter 3 Ward No. I

Chapter 4 Ward No. 2

Chapter 5 Secrets

Chapter 6 Surprises

Chapter 7 Jill’s Mission

Chapter 8 Merry and Molly

Chapter 9 The Debating Club

Chapter 10 The Dramatic Club

Chapter 11 “Down Brakes”

Chapter 12 The Twenty-second of February

Chapter 13 Jack Has a Mystery

Chapter 14 And Jill Finds it out

Chapter 15 Saint Lucy

Chapter 16 Up at Merry’s

Chapter 17 Down at Molly’s

Chapter 18 May Baskets

Chapter 19 Good Templars

Chapter 20 A Sweet Memory

Chapter 21 Pebbly Beach

Chapter 22 A Happy Day

Chapter 23 Cattle Show

Chapter 24 Down the River

Jack and Jill

Jack and Jill went up the hill

To coast with fun and laughter;

Jack fell down and broke his crown,

And Jill came tumbling after.

Chapter 1 The Catastrophe

“Clear the lulla!” was the general cry on a bright December

afternoon, when all the boys and girls of Harmony Village were

out enjoying the first good snow of the season. Up and down three

long coasts they went as fast as legs and sleds could carry them.

One smooth path led into the meadow, and here the little folk

congregated; one swept across the pond, where skaters were

darting about like water-bugs; and the third, from the very top of

the steep hill, ended abruptly at a rail fence on the high bank above

the road. There was a group of lads and lasses sitting or leaning on

this fence to rest after an exciting race, and, as they reposed, they

amused themselves with criticising their mates, still absorbed in

this most delightful of out-door sports.

“Here comes Frank Minot, looking as solemn as a judge,” cried

one, as a tall fellow of sixteen spun by, with a set look about the

mouth and a keen sparkle of the eyes, fixed on the distant goal

with a do-or-die expression.

“Here’s Molly Loo

And little Boo?

sang out another; and down came a girl with flying hair, carrying a

small boy behind her, so fat that his short legs stuck out from the

sides, and his round face looked over her shoulder like a full


“There’s Gus Burton; doesn’t he go it?” and such a very long boy

whizzed by, that it looked almost as if his heels were at the top of

the hill when his head was at the bottom!

“Hurrah for Ed Devlin!” and a general shout greeted a sweet-faced

lad, with a laugh on his lips, a fine color on his brown cheek, and a

gay word for every girl he passed.

“Laura and Lotty keep to the safe coast into the meadow, and

Molly Loo is the only girl that dares to try this long one to the

pond. I wouldn’t for the world; the ice can’t be strong yet, though it

is cold enough to freeze one’s nose off,” said a timid damsel, who

sat hugging a post and screaming whenever a mischievous lad

shook the fence.

“No, she isn’t here’s Jack and Jill going like fury.”

“Clear the track

For jolly Jack!”

sang the boys, who had rhymes and nicknames for nearly


Down came a gay red sled, bearing a boy who seemed all smile

and sunshine, so white were his teeth, so golden was his hair, so

bright and happy his whole air. Behind him clung a little gypsy of

a girl, with black eyes and hair, cheeks as red as her hood, and a

face full of fun and sparkle, as she waved Jack’s blue tippet like a

banner with one hand, and held on with the other.

“Jill goes wherever Jack does, and he lets her. He’s such a

good-natured chap, he can’t say No.”

“To a girl,” slyly added one of the boys, who had wished to borrow

the red sled, and had been politely refused because Jill wanted it.

“He’s the nicest boy in the world, for he never gets mad,” said the

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