Elizabeth March
Claire Danes as Beth (1994)

Birth and Death

Late 1840s - Late 1860s

Also Known As

  • Beth
  • Bethy
  • Angel
  • my Beth (by Jo)
  • Betty (by Jo)

Hair Color

Light Brown





"Fatal Flaw"

Timidity and envy

Family Members

Parents and Siblings

Aunts and Uncles


Nieces and Nephews


the March family

Elizabeth "Beth" March was the third daughter of Margaret and Robert March.

Early lifeEdit

Beth was first seen with her sisters, but instead of feeling completely unhappy about the family's poverty, she chooses to be grateful, stating that they should be grateful to be together. Being extremely introverted, she chooses to study at home and soon is joined by Amy when she gets punished by her teacher for bringing pickled limes to school. She later goes to Mr. Laurence's house and is allowed to play the piano, much to her delight. She is too shy but later overcomes that and thanks Mr. Laurence by giving him slippers. She later contracts Scarlet fever from visiting a poor family called the Hummels. She recovers from the disease but is very frail and weak from the disease.

Later lifeEdit

Soon Beth feels like she is going to pass on, and her family, though in deep sadness and despair, have to accept it.  She spends her days knitting and sewing for children who pass by on the street but later gives up, saying the sewing needle was 'too heavy' and much to everyones dismay, dies a few months later. She never makes it to the third of fourth book, but is mentioned a few times along with some other deceased or absent characters in those books.  


Beth is said to be rosy and smooth-haired, and bright-eyed girl in the beginning of the book. 

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