Little Men (Alcott, 1871)
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Nate is in a private school in Plumfield, whose pupils are exclusively boys. However, among the main characters there are a couple of girls. A shy orphaned boy starts studying, he finds the education system of this school very unconventional. The absence of strict rules, the available scientific and experimental base and the democratic system of education surprisingly contribute to the development in pupils of the desire to achieve new achievements. The mentors Mr. and Mrs. Baer treat boys with love and warmth, which causes children of different ages and character to have a sense of loyalty and deep respect. By their own example, they raise in them real gentlemen, future men. Nat gets acquainted with other children, gets involved in an unpleasant story with theft, unexpectedly enlists the support of bully Dan. On the example of personal relationships, the author shows what a true friendship should be like, how to find a way out of difficult situations, and overcome difficulties.