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Artist and Model (The Divorced Princess) by René de Pont-Jest

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ARTIST AND MODEL

(THE DIVORCED PRINCESS).

by

RENÉ DE PONT JEST.

The Arthur Westbrook Company Cleveland, Ohio, U. S. A.

(Printed in the United States of America)

TABLE OF CONTENTS.

PART I.

I. LISE BARINEFF. 5 II. A WINTER AT ST. PETERSBURG. 11 III. AT PAMPELN. 19 IV. GENERAL PODOI. 39 V. PRINCESS AND MODEL. 52 VI. PARIS AND ST. PETERSBURG. 67 VII. AT THE OPERA COMIQUE. 79 VIII. THE REVENGE OF AN HONORABLE MAN. 85 IX. IN FLAGRANTE DELICTO. 92 X. THE INQUIRY. 104 XI. THE MEYRINS. 112 XII. THE DIVORCE. 118 XIII. THE LAST OF A PRINCESS. 127

PART II.

I. VERA SOUBLAIEFF. 136 II. THE STUDIO IN THE RUE D'ASSAS. 149 III. MOTHERHOOD. 160 IV. SARAH'S REVENGE. 170 V. DIVORCE SEPARATION. 182 VI. LISE AND VERA. 190 VII. MADAME DAUBREL'S STORY. 203 VIII. ABANDONED. 210 IX. FAR AWAY. 217 X. TWO HUSBANDS. 224 XI. LISE AND MARTHE. 236

ARTIST AND MODEL.

PART I.

THE PRINCESS OLSDORF.

CHAPTER I.

LISE BARINEFF.

When, in 1860, with the permission of the czar, Prince Pierre Olsdorf married Mlle. Lise Barineff, the Russian aristocracy was rather scandalized by the mésalliance . Everybody was well aware that the new princess was born not only before the marriage of her mother, Mme. Froment, with the Count Barineff, but even some months before Mme. Froment appeared in St. Petersburg, where, at the Michael Theater, she was brilliantly successful both as a woman and as an artiste.

It was not forgotten that one evening, at the time when she was to appear on the stage, the French actress had sent word to the stage manager that she was ill. The piece to be played was changed in consequence, and next morning all St. Petersburg learned that its idol had taken a lord and master a legitimate one this time in the person of Count Barineff, a fast fellow, worn out with excess of every kind, but rich, of good family, and in favor at court.

After the marriage ceremony Count Barineff went abroad with his wife and her daughter, now his daughter too; and they were forgotten up to the time when the countess, really a widow now for probably there had never been a M. Froment returned to Russia to take possession of her late husband's property. His extravagance of all kinds had made some deep inroads into it, but enough was left for her to maintain a very honorable rank with.

On her return to St. Petersburg, after an absence of ten years, the ex leading lady of the Michael Theatre had encountered a goodly number of her former adorers; and as she was still beautiful, and her daughter now fourteen years old was growing to be very pretty, her drawing room was soon a meeting place for that elegant and frivolous world of people who trouble their heads very little about the past of the mistress of a house where they are well received.

Whether it was that years of discretion had come to her, or that she cleverly concealed the truth, the Countess Barineff gave no chance to scandal. Her conduct at any rate in appearance was perfectly upright and respectable.

At her house there was always good music, thanks to the artistes of all nations whom she liked to invite, and received in charming fashion when they came... Continue reading book >>




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