Iti is the mid-1930s -- the time of the Great Depression. F.D.R. is in the White House, Hitler has risen to power in Germany and, in Boston, something not quite kosher is going on at the Classic Clothing Company. But so what if it is? Belle Appleman, the young widow recently hired for hte Pants department, knows how lucky she is thta her friend from Evening English, Nate Becker, was able to get her the job at all.