In the confusion, the Marquise finds herself about to be raped by a group of Russian soldiers.
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However, she is saved by the Russian commander of the attack, the Count, who reunites her with her children and has her put to bed. She is given a poppy seed tea on the insistence of her maid in order to help her sleep. The Count then finishes the attack on the Italians and the Marquise's father, the colonel, has to surrender to them.
When the Marquise awakes from her slumber she very much wants to thank the Count for having saved her, but the troops have already left so she is not able to. Her father reassures her that she will have the chance to thank him at a later date.
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A few days later they receive news that the Count has been killed during a battle because of a chest wound. This greatly upsets the Marquise, who never got a chance to properly thank her rescuer. Shortly after this she starts to feel strangely and in one scene collapses, she has no explanation for this but figures that it is an effect of her traumatic attack, although it reminds her strangely of being pregnant with her daughter.
The reports of the Count's death turn out to be false, as some time later he appears at the family's house and asks for the Marquise's hand in marriage. They do not immediately give him an answer because the Marquise had previously resolved to not be remarried after the death of her husband and the family agrees that the couple hardly know each other.
The Count is very insistent on her giving an answer immediately because he is supposed to be leaving to take a post in Naples.
He decides to stay at their home much to the chagrin of the Colonel who does not think he should desert his post in Naples in order to win the hand of his daughter. He dines with the family and tells them his reasons for wanting to marry the Marquise, mainly being that he hallucinated visions of her while he was recovering from his chest wound.
After dinner, the Marquise admits to her parents that this is a great test to her gratitude because although she does not wish to be remarried, she feels that she owes him this favour in return for having saved her. She decides to agree to marry him, which pleases her mother greatly.
They tell the Count and tell him to go to his post in Naples and return when it is a better time to be married, they promise that the Marquise will not entertain any other suitors as potential husband. He is very happy about this and departs. While he is away, the Marquise finds herself to be appearing more and more pregnant, but she does not believe it to be possible since she has not been with any man since the death of her husband. Her doubts are confirmed by a doctor and then a midwife.
This infuriates her parents, who do not believe her innocence. They send her a letter telling her that she is no longer welcome in her home because of the shame she would bring the family in this situation. They also attempt to have her leave her daughters with them, but she adamantly refuses this and takes them with her to her deceased husband's estate, which is somewhat secluded. Some time after this, the Count returns and is told of the news that the Marquise is pregnant.
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