Mrs. Pendleton, who has been a pronounced flirt in her married life, becomes a widow at twenty-four, and receives simultaneous offers of marriage from four admirers.
Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton (1857- 1948) was an American author. Many of her novels are set in her home state of California. Her bestseller Black Oxen (1923) was made into a silent movie of the same name. In addition to novels, she wrote short stories, essays, and articles for magazines and newspapers on such issues as feminism, politics, and war. She was strong-willed, independent-minded, and sometimes controversial.