Castles In The
Air- Jo's synonym for
the girls hopes and dreams. The castles are what the girls' wish they could do or be and they
are in the air because it is not always possible to "go live in them" or make them come true.
River- In a poem that Jo writes
for Beth before her sister's death, the river stands for Beth's death, and crossing it is the crossing
into heaven or the afterlife.
Harvest Time- just as when plants grow ripe on the trees and fall, Harvest Time for the Marches is when
all the girls are fully grown and living separate lives from their parents. Since her teaching
and guidance was so good, Mrs. March's harvest time was a happy one.