"If you love him so dearly, why, then, does your heart revolt against a marriage with him?" asked the Countess Anna. "I told you he was a painter, and not a nobleman," answered the ex-princess, impatiently. "One loves an artist, but cannot marry him. Do you suppose I would be so ridiculous as to give up my title to be the respectable wife of a painter?
But he had not counted on the many obstacles with which he found himself confronted, chief among them being his relations with his former wife. It was known that the ex-princess was still living at Muskau with all the rights and privileges of a chatelaine, while the prince never disguised his attachment to her, and openly kept her portrait on his table.