A satire, which has certain elements that may lead it to success. The life story of a woman bitten with the lust of power. As a girl she cancelled out home and family and truth to acquire a family tree; having acquired it she proceeded to lop off some branches and prune others, to turn topsy turvy the town where the family fortunes were laid, to become the big frog in the small puddle. It is a satire of great wealth, of show, of ostentation -- somewhat dated, it reeks of the early years of the century, but might serve as a parable for the new crop of the rich. A character out of line, intentionally so, Claudine is too extravagant to be taken as gospel truth, but you can't help reading between the lines, and it's good fun.