James Montgomery Flagg produced the illustrations for the 1909 publication Septimus by William John Locke, a popular turn-of-the-century English author. In the story the widow Zora Middlemist is described as a, "�. . . magnificent, broad-hipped, full-bosomed woman. . . . Disparaging tea-parties called her an Amazon."� Zora meets the unfocused Septimus Dix at the tables in Monte Carlo. Later in an attempt to dissuade the interest of another man she invites Dix to lunch. "I'm taking you in to lunch with me, Mr. Dix. You can't refuse," she said; and without waiting for a reply she sailed majestically past the wretch, followed meekly by Septimus, as if she owned him body and soul.�"