I found a scan of the inside panel, and I don’t mean to be a perv, but I am interpreting a lot of it in a sexual way. The large picture in the middle is obvs Sophie and her “as you wish” stablehand Henry Patman. From where her eyes are and how he is standing, it looks like he is letting it hang out for her. On the left is our friend James Patman who discovers an oil well on his land, but UPC bar is strategically placed. Looks like he is taking a good pee after holding it in.
We pick up with John Patman, who after losing Katherine, is now a rodeo champion in Texas. He meets a “boy” who seems to win every competition, but turns out to be Samantha Parker, who competes in drag. Well, that could have been an interesting story about her life. They could have mentioned the oppression she received as a result of her gender variance, or the struggles she had. But nope, she takes one look at John Patman and lets down her flowing blond hair and shows off her slender waist and suddenly wants to marry him and fornicate like rabbits with and have lots of babies. Because who can resist a Patman?
Also, this section is written in what I think the ghostwriter thought of as “cowboy” language, and it’s really obnoxious. “She reckoned he was handsome, with his unruly black hair and intense eyes. But she wasn’t about to let him know that. Every cowboy she’d ever met already thought he was the biggest toad in the puddle. They were all conceited as blazes. And she’s be crazier than a peeled rattlesnake to get herself involved with any of them.” Oh, shut up.
Skip ahead a few years, John and Samantha are living out on open land and running out of food and crops. Randomly one day John strikes oil. They get super rich and pop out more children.
Their youngest son, William, is about to graduate from Harvard in 1924. he has a thing for Helena Howard who is a senior at Wellesley, but at first she rejects him because he is a “hick” from Texas and not someone a well-bred girl like her deserves. He’s also “nouveau-riche” because his family just got rich from the oil. Finally she “gives in” and starts to date her. Wow, these Patmans have a way with forcing women into things they don’t want to do, don’t they? He rides into the Wellsley dining hall on one of those old-fashioned bicycle with a marriage proposal for Helena.
Jeez, this one is dragging.