From 1911 through World War I, this offers a variation on its period gossip -- the backstreet wife and is related by the one who, through her affliction, knew the woman, and her family and friends, who held out, held on and finally achieved the recognition she knew could be hers. Fanny Bolton was just another wife and mother until she found a pal in the grocer's wife, Mrs. Snyder, who had to break out of the local life with a fling in the brighter lights of Sacramento's downtown and, as they went from band concerts, to the discreet cafes -- and eventually to San Francisco -- Fanny in her widowhood found the handsome, married, wealthy Van Courtland. Fanny learned that love is ""more like a war"", that her rewards -- for waiting, for only living when he turned up,- were a trip to Europe, foreign schooling for her daughter. She had the patience to lose him to the war, to return to her proper family with her tarnished reputation -- and to have him return to her when he was free. The period makes the piece for here the dowdy is contrast to the daring and innocence is its own iniquity. A play for that feminine audience that cheers on the sidelines for its sex.