Ester endured life as a half-hearted Christian, unhappily going through the motions of her housework. O, Ester was asleep! She went to church on the Sabbath, and to preparatory lecture on a week day; she read a few verses in her Bible, frequently, t every day; she knelt at her bedside every night, and said a few words of prayer-and this was all! She traveled to New York and was excited to be in her cousin's wedding. Abbie, a strong Christian, brought much reflection into Ester's life. Ester saw with wide, open eyes, and thoroughly awakened soul, that there was a something in this Christian religion that Abbie had and she had t. This popular story by Pansy illustrates Ester's journey to become a stronger, more committed Christian.
Isabella Macdonald (1841-1930) was born in Rochester, New York, into a well-educated and religious family. The nickname Pansy was given to her from her father, because she picked pansies in her childhood. She attended school at Seneca Collegiate Institute at Ovid, New York, and then at Young Ladies Institute, Auburn, New York. In 1866, she married Gustavus Rosenberg Alden, a Presbyterian minister. She communicated the Gospel through writing Sunday-school lessons, magazine articles, and hundreds of stories in her lifetime.