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an immunity, first, because she was so very
rich; secondly, because she had many male
relations; thirdly, because women, whilst they
envied, were afraid of her. AnjTvay, her name was
altogether without reproach; the only defect to
be found in her in the estimate of many of her
Married without any wish of her own being
consulted, and left so soon afterwards mistress
of herself and of very large wealth, she had
remained altogether indifferent and insensible to
all forms of love. Other women fell in love in
aU sorts of ways, feebly or forcibly, according
to their natures, but she never.
The passions she excited broke against her
serene contempt, like surf on a rocky shore. She
was the despair of aU the " tueurs de femmes "
"Le mieux est I'ennemi du bien," she said
to her brother once, when she had refused the
hereditary Prince of Deutscbland; " I can do
exactly as I like; I have everything I want;
I can foUow all my own whims; I am per¬
fectly happy; why ever should I alter all this ?