Martie's problems are those of thousands of women--"She wanted to live."
The novel tells how Martie revolted from subjection under her father and married a third rate actor. After varying fortunes her husband dies and she takes her little son home. Here again she finds herself in conflict with her narrow minded father and, after rejecting the sincere love of a man because he was divorced and she a Catholic, she goes to New York and finds a peaceful joy in earning her living.
t, the Frost Building and the Parker Building. May and Ida Parker and Florence Frost had gone to Miss Bell's Private School when they were little, and then to Miss Spencer's School in New York.
But even all this might not have accounted for the exclusive social instincts of the young ladies if both families had not been very rich. As it was, with prosperous fathers and ambitious mothers, with well-kept, old-fashioned homes, pews in church, allowances of so many hundred dollars a year, horses to ride and drive, and servants to wait upon them, the three daughters of these two prominent families considered themselves as obviously better than their neighbours, and bore themselves accordingly. Cyrus Frost and Graham Parker had come to California as young men, in the seventies; had cast in their lot with little Monroe, and had grown rich with the town. It was a credit to the state now; they had found it a mere handful of settlers' cabins, with one stately, absurd mansion standing out among them, in a plantation
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