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Four Girls at Chautauqua


Book Overview: 

Authored by Isabella M. Alden under the pen name “Pansy.” First in the Chautauqua Girls series.

Four friends – spoiled, quirky Ruth; fun-loving and mischievous Eurie; poor, independent and brainy Marion; and meek, approval-seeking Flossy – attend Chautauqua on a lark, and their lives are changed forever.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I fancy, that here was a girl who needed some lessons in the practical things of this life, and Chautauqua hotels were good places in which to take lessons.

Imagine now, if you can, the look of this lady's face, as they made their way with much difficulty down the long room, and looked about them on either side for heats.

"A hotel, indeed!" she said, in utter contempt and disgust, as one of the attendants signaled them and politely drew back the long board seat that did duty in the place of chairs, and answered for five, or, if you were good natured and crowded, for six people. He was just as polite in his attentions as if the unplaned seat had been a carved chair of graceful shape and pattern. One would suppose that Ruth might have taken a hint from his example. But the truth is, she belonged to that class of people who are so accustomed to polite attentions that it is only their absence which calls forth remark.

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Community Reviews

I read this ages ago, and just picked it up again while browsing newly-organized bookshelves. The story centers on the conversion experiences of 4 young friends at a Christian conference, and I think does a better job than most fictional conversion accounts of making their coming to Christ seem auth

I really liked this book. :)

While I didn’t enjoy Four Girls at Chautauqua as much as Ester Ried, which is by the same author, it was still a good book. The personalities of the four girls, and how different circumstances affected them was interesting to see. As is always the case from what I’ve read so far from this author, th

Four young ladies, all very different from one another but still close friends, decide to spend two weeks at a well-known Bible meeting. They look forward to sleeping in a tent and generally roughing it out in the woods, but plan to avoid most of the sermons and classes, because none of them were be


Touches every aspect of doubters and skeptics and dissolves all their many arguments. Even if it is old fashioned the old old story is still true today.

Whenever I read this book, I want to pack my things and head off to Chautauqua! I want to live in a tent, eat at the long tables, attend the meetings, listen to Bliss sing, wander "Palestine," and mingle with others who are of like minded faith! I love how this author was able to bring the old meeti

I love the area of Chautuaqua and visited there years ago.

What a surprising read today.

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