An Old-Fashioned Girl

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It is nothing, in fact, but the story of a little girl from the country, who comes to visit a gay city family, where there is a fashionable little lady of her own age, with a snubbed younger sister, a gruff, good-hearted, mischievous brother, -- as well as a staid, sensible papa, a silly, sickly mamma, and an old-time grandmother. In this family Polly makes herself ever so lovely and useful, so that all adore her, though her clothes are not of the latest fashion, nor her ideas, nor her principles; and by and by, after six years, when she returns again to the city to give music-lessons and send her brother to college, Mr.

Shaw fails, and the heartlessness of fashionable life, which his children had begun to suspect, is plain to them, and Tom's modish fiancee jilts him, and Polly marries him, and Fanny Shaw gets the good and rich and elegant Sydney, who never cared for her money, and did not make love to her till she was poor.


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The book revolves around Polly Milton, the old-fashioned girl who titles the story. Polly visits her wealthy friend Fanny Shaw in the city and is overwhelmed by the fashionable and urban life they live——but also left out because of her "countrified" manners and outdated clothes.


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The novel was the basis of a musical film starring Gloria Jean as Polly. Polly Milton, a year-old country girl, visits her friend Fanny Shaw and her wealthy family in the city for the first time.

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Poor Polly is overwhelmed by the splendor at the Shaws' and their urbanized, fashionable lifestyles , expensive clothes and other habits she has never been exposed to, and, for the most part, dislikes. Fanny's friends ignore her because of her different behavior and simple clothing, Fanny's brother Tom teases her, and Fan herself can't help considering her unusual sometimes.

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However, Polly's warmth, support and kindness eventually win the hearts of all the family members, and her old-fashioned ways teach them a lesson. Over the next six years, Polly visits the Shaws every year and comes to be considered a member of the family.

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Later, Polly comes back to the city to become a music teacher and struggles with professional issues and internal emotions. Resources and Downloads. Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today!

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