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Theodore 'Laurie' Laurence
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Birth and Death

Unknown

Also Known As

  • Teddy (by Jo)
  • My Lord (by Amy)
  • Lazy Laurie
  • Lazy Laurence

Hair Color

black

Eye Color

dark brown

Nationality

Italian by birth

Family Members

Spouse and Children

Grandparents

In-laws


Nieces and Nephews

Affiliation

Theodore Laurence, also known as Laurie and Teddy, is a friend of the March family. He has a close relationship with the whole family. He is the husband of Amy Laurence (née March) and the father of their daughter Elizabeth Laurence. He has a close relationship with Jo March, which changes from romantic love to brotherly love.

Story-line

Early life

Laurie was a young boy who lived with his grandfather Mr. Laurence. From a young age he wished to be a musician and was very capable of doing so. His grandfather did not approve of this dream, wanting him to go into business, and Laurie did not want to leave his Mr. Laurence behind so he stayed.

Meeting the March family

At a ball, he became friends with Jo March, who turned out to be his neighbour, along with her mother and three sisters (Meg, Beth, and Amy). The five children got along very well, playing games and putting on plays.

Laurie saved Amy March from drowning when she fell through an ice hole in a lake while skating, not having heard his warning. When she was a bit older, her sister became ill and it was suggested she was sent to her Aunt March for a period of quarantine. She adamantly refused to go, until Laurie suggested he come to see her everyday. The two thus grew a lot closer.

Love life

Laurie fell in love with Jo March and proposed to her. To his dismay, she refused, saying that she loved him as a brother and that they were too alike to marry. Heartbroken, he travelled to Europe, where he wandered aimlessly, wasting time and money. It was only when he met Amy there, on a trip with her Aunt Carroll, that he started to come alive again. She gave him a stern talking-to and made him realize that he needed to get his life back on track. They spent a lot of time together and started to see each other in a romantic light. They were able to comfort each other and grieve together when the news reached them of Beth's death. Not long after, Laurie proposed and they married, to the surprised delight of Jo. In the end Laurie and Amy married.

Life at Parnassus

"Their house was full of unostentatious beauty and comfort, and here the art-loving host and hostess attracted and entertained artists of all kinds."
—A description of Parnassus[src]

Laurie and Amy settled into a house called Parnassus, which became a beautiful place of art, music and culture. It was situated next to Plumfield, Jo and her husband Friedrich's home and the school they ran.

Amy gave birth to a daughter, Elizabeth, or "Bess", named after Beth. As a baby, Bess was very frail and her parents worried that she would not live long. However, due to a lot of care and protection, Bess survived and grew to be a sweet girl, much like her namesake.

Established in a lovely home, Laurie and his family were a bright light to the college attendants. He and Amy encouraged many to take an interest in art and music. The marriage was a very successful, loving one, the two complemented each other well.

Personality

Laurie had a very kind heart, always giving gifts and food to the March family. In fact, his personality was very similar to Jo's. When he went to France, Amy and Flo (the March girls' cousin) gave him the nickname 'Lazy Laurence'.

Physical Appearance

He had brown skin, curly chestnut hair, and big black eyes.

Etymology

  • Laurie is actually based on two people in Louisa May Alcott's life, her good friend Alf Whiteman and her other friend, a Polish man named Ladislas Winsniewski.
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