Sample text for A gift for Amy / Susan Beth Pfeffer.

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Counter "Don't spend all your time staring into that hand mirror," Jo March said to her youngest sister, Amy. "Vanity's one of the seven deadly sins, you know."

Amy sighed. Jo was so annoying, always teasing her, always telling her what she did wrong. Besides, she wasn't being vain. The exact opposite, really. Amy was staring into the mirror wishing she were beautiful.

Jo rolled her eyes. "How the poor child suffers," she said.

"Now, Jo, stop your teasing," Meg said, following Jo into Amy's bedroom. "We all know vanity is a sin, but sometimes a girl simply has to look in a mirror."

"I never do," Jo said. "Neither does Beth, I'm sure."

Amy snorted. "You're such a liar, Jo March," she said. "And lying is a deadly sin too. You look in the mirror every day, admiring that long mane of hair you have." She was pleased to see Jo blush. It was tiresome being the youngest in the family and always in the wrong. When she scored a point against any of her sisters, Jo in particular, Amy enjoyed it.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Gifts Fiction, Sisters Fiction, Family life New England Fiction