Few would believe that Raymon de Ramière, who is of a high social class, could feel genuine attachment to a woman such as Noun. However, he is indeed in love with Noun, who is extremely beautiful. However, he quickly worries that she loves him back, at which point he “repent[s]” of having won her over so easily. But it is too late, so he consigns himself to loving her and being loved in return.
As soon as he recovers from his fall, he returns to meet Noun in a forest, where he tells her he loves her. In January, the Delmares leave for Paris and Ralph leaves for his own estate, leaving Noun to conduct her affair with Raymon. Noun does not realize that she loves Raymon more than he loves her. As it turns out, he does not respect her more after she has given up her reputation for him. He realizes that she is only a working girl, and he cannot marry her and thereby lose his status. He decides to stop seeing Noun; he leaves Cercy and does not return.
Noun is distressed and writes to him, but Raymon is embarrassed by the poor spelling and burns the letter. At Cercy, his absence is noticed, given his popularity there. He returns eventually at a ball at the Spanish Embassy, where he is admired by several young women. At the ball, he again meets Delmare and Indiana.
Raymon is remorseful at his treatment of Noun, but also cannot help noticing Indiana, who is the belle of the ball. He hears women remarking that Indiana has “made a pretty stupid marriage.” Raymon eventually asks her to dance, and she recognizes him from their previous meeting. Raymon appreciates her shyness and her Creole voice. He tells her he owes her a debt of gratitude for her care.
Raymon is a man who loves often and foolishly. He has eloped with—and compromised—multiple women and taken part in duels. As he escorts Indiana back to her carriage, she kisses her hand, which affects Indiana greatly. Subsequently, Raymon completely forgets Noun and becomes enamored of Indiana. The day after the party, he hears that Delmare has gone away, leaving Indiana under the protection of the Spanish Madame Carvajal, her aunt.
Raymon realizes that if he becomes close to Madame de Carvajal, it would enable him to see Indiana, so he introduces himself to her. A few days later, he is invited to her drawing room, where Indiana sits.
In the drawing room, elderly ladies are playing cards. Indiana is very shy and embarrassed when Raymon speaks to her. Madame de Carvajal intervenes and begins speaking to Raymon, but Raymon continues to direct his comments to Indiana.
That night, Indiana feels strange; she has never been in love before. Between her childhood and her cold marriage to Delmare, she has become accustomed to an absence of affection in her life. Now, feeling the interest of Raymon, she begins to feel enchanted—but knows she is married. Therefore she decides to avoid Raymon. That night, she tells her aunt she must go to the ball without her. But she is distressed and cries to herself. Raymon, at the ball, is told that Indiana is ill, whereupon he returns to the house unannounced to ask how she is.
He enters Indiana’s room to find her crying. They discuss her husband; Raymon says that Delmare is a tyrant and that he would be a much better husband to her. Indiana tells him not to speak to her like that, but Raymon goes on that...
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