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Janice Day by Helen Beecher Long

Janice Day by Helen Beecher Long is a charming and heartwarming coming-of-age tale that captures the essence of adolescence in early 20th century America. Set in the small town of Hingham, Massachusetts, the story follows the adventures of Janice Day, a spirited and imaginative young girl.

From the moment we meet Janice, it is clear that she possesses a unique zest for life. Her vivid imagination and creative spirit are beautifully portrayed by Long, who brings the character to life with her rich and descriptive prose. Janice's small-town world is seamlessly woven into the fabric of the story, allowing readers to fully immerse themselves in Hingham's idyllic setting.

One of the most endearing aspects of this book is the way in which Long tackles universal themes that still resonate with readers today. Janice's struggles with self-identity, friendship, and the desire to break free from societal expectations are relatable and provide a window into the challenges faced by young people in any era.

Long also skillfully addresses the gender dynamics of the early 20th century, highlighting the limitations placed on women during this time period. Janice's desire for independence and her dreams of pursuing a career are met with resistance from those around her, but her determination and resilience shine through.

The supporting cast of characters in Janice Day adds depth and complexity to the story. From Janice's steadfast friend Priscilla to the enigmatic Mr. Percy, every character feels fully realized and adds layers to the narrative. Long's ability to create nuanced and authentic relationships between her characters is a testament to her writing prowess.

While the pace of the book may be slower compared to contemporary novels, the gradual unfolding of events allows readers to fully appreciate the subtle nuances of Janice's journey. The gentle rhythm of the narrative suits the themes of self-discovery and personal growth, making the overall reading experience a pleasurable one.

In conclusion, Janice Day is a delightful and nostalgic read that captures the essence of a young girl's journey towards self-discovery in early 20th century America. Helen Beecher Long's beautiful prose, vivid characters, and heartfelt storytelling combine to create a touching novel that resonates with readers of all ages.

First Page:

[Illustration: The quick eye of Janice Day caught sight of this row of nondescripts. (See page 15.)]

JANICE DAY

BY

HELEN BEECHER LONG

ILLUSTRATED BY

WALTER S. ROGERS

GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS : : NEW YORK

COPYRIGHT, 1914, BY

SULLY AND KLEINTEICH

All rights reserved

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE

I. A NEW FASHIONED GIRL 1

II. POKETOWN 10

III. "IT JEST RATTLES" 22

IV. FIRST IMPRESSIONS 32

V. 'RILL SCATTERGOOD AND HER SCHOOL 43

VI. AN AFTERNOON OF ADVENTURE 56

VII. THE LITTLE GIRL WHO LOST THE ECHO 64

VIII. A BIT OF ROMANCE 73

IX. TEA, AND A TALK WITH DADDY 84

X. BEGINNING WITH A BEDSTEAD 96

XI. A RAINY DAY 109

XII. ON THE ROAD WITH WALKY DEXTER 122

XIII. NELSON HALEY 131

XIV. A TIME OF TRIAL 139

XV. NEW BEGINNINGS 149

XVI. "SHOWING" THE ELDER 159

XVII. CHRISTMAS NEWS 173

XVIII. "THE FLY BY NIGHT" 184

XIX. CHRISTMAS, AFTER ALL! 197

XX. THE TROUBLE WITH NELSON HALEY 210

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