"IT'S time to go to the station, Tom."
"Come on, then."
"Oh, I'm not going; it's too wet. Should n't have a crimp left if I went out such a day as this; and I want to look nice when Polly comes."
"You don't expect me to go and bring home a strange girl alone, do you?" And Tom looked as much alarmed as if his sister had proposed to him to escort the wild woman of Australia...
It was first serialised in the Merry's Museum magazine between July and August in 1869 and consisted of only six chapters. For the finished product, however, Alcott continued the story from the chapter "Six Years Afterwards" and so it ended up with nineteen chapters in all. The book revolves around Polly Milton, the old-fashioned girl. 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is overwhelmed by the fashionable and urban life they live–but also left out because of her "countrified" manners and outdated clothes.
- CHAPTER I. POLLY ARRIVES
- CHAPTER II. NEW FASHIONS
- CHAPTER III. POLLY'S TROUBLES
- CHAPTER IV. LITTLE THINGS
- CHAPTER V. SCRAPES
- CHAPTER VI. GRANDMA
- CHAPTER VII. GOOD-BY
- CHAPTER VIII. SIX YEARS AFTERWARD
- CHAPTER IX. LESSONS
- CHAPTER X. BROTHERS AND SISTERS
- CHAPTER XI. NEEDLES AND TONGUES
- CHAPTER XII. FORBIDDEN FRUIT
- CHAPTER XIII. THE SUNNY SIDE
- CHAPTER XIV. NIPPED IN THE BUD
- CHAPTER XV. BREAKERS AHEAD
- CHAPTER XVI. A DRESS PARADE
- CHAPTER XVII. PLAYING GRANDMOTHER
- CHAPTER XVIII. THE WOMAN WHO DID NOT DARE
- CHAPTER XIX. TOM'S SUCCESS