Scene on Three (84)


There are many Beths in the world, shy and quiet, sitting in corners till needed, and living for others so cheerfully, that no one sees the sacrifices till the little cricket on the hearth stops chirping, and the sweet, sunshiny presence vanishes, leaving silence and shadow behind. (p.39)

How dark the days seemed now, how sad and lonely the house, and how heavy were the hearts of the sisters as they worked and waited, while the shadow of death hovered over the once happy home! Then it was that Margaret, sitting alone with tears dropping often on her work, felt how rich she had been in things more precious than any luxuries money could buy; in love, protection, peace and health, the real blessings of life. Then it was that Jo, living in the darkened room, with that suffering little sister always before her eyes, and that pathetic voice sounding in her ears, learned to see the beauty and the sweetness of Beth’s nature, to feel how deep and tender a place she filled in all hearts, and to acknowledge the worth of Beth’s unselfish ambition, to live for others, and make home happy by the exercise of those simple virtues which all may possess, and which all should love and value more than talent, wealth, or beauty. And Amy, in her exile, longed eagerly to be at home, that she might work for Beth, feeling now that no service would be hard or irksome, and remembering, with regretful grief, how many neglected tasks those willing hands had done for her. Laurie haunted the house like a restless ghost, and Mr. Laurence locked the grand piano, because he could not bear to be reminded of the young neighbor who used to make the twilight pleasant for him. Every one missed Beth. The milk-man, baker, grocer and butcher inquired how she did; poor Mrs. Hummel came to beg pardon for her thoughtlessness, and to get a shroud for Minna; the neighbors sent all sorts of comforts and good wishes, and even those who knew her best, were surprised to find how many friends shy little Beth had made. (p.183-184)

Scene dari Little Women by Louisa May Alcott ini saya ambil dari dua bagian yang berbeda, tetapi intinya adalah satu, tentang Beth. Beth yang pemalu dan sulit bersosialisasi ini, ternyata punya peranannya sendiri dalam masyarakat. Meski pemalu, Beth yang diserahi pekerjaan rumah karena tak bisa bekerja di luar maupun bersekolah, mau tidak mau bersosialisasi dengan beberapa orang ‘kasat mata’ juga, tukang susu, tukang daging, dan lain-lain. Sebagai seorang anak yang polos, yang hanya tahu menjalankan kewajibannya, dia adalah anak yang manis, tak heran dia disukai oleh setiap orang yang berinteraksi dengannya.

Peranannya ini yang baru disadari orang-orang saat Beth tak bisa menjalankan tugas-tugas ‘kecil’nya, yaitu saat dia sekarat setelah berusaha membantu seorang anak yang sakit. Betapa berharganya jiwa seorang Beth, bahkan orang-orang yang akrab dengannya tak menyangka betapa banyak yang merindukannya, kecuali jika sudah kehilangannya. Sama seperti kita yang seringkali tak menyadari arti orang-orang di sekitar kita saat mereka masih ada.

Karena keterlambatan saya hari ini, link tool buka sampai besok jam 10 ya. Ayo bagikan scene-mu:

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3 responses to “Scene on Three (84)

  1. I love the character of Beth in Little Women — probably because I relate to her. Thanks for sharing!

    If you happen to be interested, I’m hosting an Alcott reading challenge on my blog this month. Just pick any book(s) written by Louisa (or written about her) to take part. One of the books I’m reading this month is her novel entitled “Rose in Bloom”.

    It looks like we have similar taste in literature!


    • Hi, Tarissa, I’ve checked your blog, that’s interesting. Actually, I joined Little Women Read Along hosted by, and it’ll end soon. Let me see if I can join yours this month. At least I could share my review of Little Women around next week. Thanks for passing by.

  2. Pingback: Little Women – Louisa May Alcott | Bacaan B.Zee

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