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Four Girls at Chautauqua


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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

This is the book that introduced me to Pansy and her many, many books. I love the hymn "Day is Dying in the West" which is set to the tune Chautauqua. So the title immediately caught my attention.

Not keen on this narrator but the story is so good I have listened to this book many timess - as well as

This is first book in 6 part series.
I was surprised that first book deals with the girls (~17 years old) not yet being Christians.
Fun to see how God captures each of their attention during those two weeks that this book covers.

Love, love this book! I've read it at least three times. It's so good! Then you have to read the rest of the series.

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.

2024 Reread
I needed this book. This isn't just some fun story, there is so much depth to it if you look. Things I'd read before hit me in a different way than before, and I was challenged and encouraged all over again. I highly recommend this book!

Whenever I read this book, I want to pack my things

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