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An Old-fashioned Girl

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Published: 1870
Language: English
Wordcount: 103,543 / 283 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 79.5
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 7,800 503

Polly Milton, a 14-year-old country girl, visits her friend Fanny Shaw and her wealthy family in the city for the first time. Poor Polly is overwhelmed by the splendor at the Shaws’ and their urbanized, fashionable lifestyles, fancy clothes and some other habits she considers weird and, mostly, unlikable. However, Polly’s warmth, support and kindness eventually win her the hearts of all the family members. Six years later, Polly comes back to the city to become a music teacher. (Summary from wikipedia)

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but you said you 'd go, too. Catch me bothering about your friends another time! No, sir!" And Tom rose from the sofa with an air of indignant resolution, the impressive effect of which was somewhat damaged by a tousled head, and the hunched appearance of his garments generally.

"Now, don't be cross; and I 'll get mamma to let you have that horrid Ned Miller, that you are so fond of, come and make you a visit after Polly 's gone," said Fanny, hoping to soothe his ruffled feelings.

"How long is she going to stay?" demanded Tom, making his toilet by a promiscuous shake.

"A month or two, maybe. She 's ever so nice; and I shall keep her as long as she 's happy."

"She won't stay long then, if I can help it," muttered Tom, who regarded girls as a very unnecessary portion of creation. Boys of fourteen are apt to think so, and perhaps it is a wise arrangement; for, being fond of turning somersaults, they have an opportunity of indulging in a good one, metaphorically speaking, when, three

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Average Rating of 5 from 2 reviews: *****
Natalie Benson

This Book exceeds the best. It will always be one of my favorites.

This book is very well written and the characters well-developed and consistent in their actions. The story is constructed so that my mind is transported into the scenes.

I always consider LM Alcott as a sort of anthropological freeze-frame on middle-class life in the period around the Civil War. It is a pleasant way to while away a few hours.



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