Miss Petaluma, a refined and proper albeit socially and environmentally progressive lady, had quite a year. The characters and subsequent notoriety that she attracted belie her airs of gentility and probity. Perhaps in 2008 she’ll let her hair down, put her bustle away for good and join the 21st Century. Though I have my doubts. She still cherishes the rosy memories of 19th and early 20th Centuries when she was young, vibrant, optimistic and more than a little risque’. Unfortunately, like many a lady embarrassed by her adventurous “past,” once she becomes respectable, she spends a great deal of effort making sure that others don’t have the kind of “opportunities” she enjoyed.