Charles Arram, the son of the Marquis of Arramford, their next-door neighbour.
Because the Earl is so rich, he is afraid that his daughter, who at eighteen is exceedingly
beautiful, will be pursued by fortune-hunters. Malvina is horrified at the idea.
Her father is suddenly summoned to Scotland and Malvina decides she will travel with her Nanny to Paris, where she will be able to see Charles Arram without him knowing he is being spied on.
During the journey Malvina meets the brother of one of her French school friends and he tells her of the extraordinary parties that are given in Paris by the courtesans, one of them being Blanche d‘Antigny who Charles has been associating with for some time.
But he had just left her for another even more famous cocotte, Cora Pearl. Malvina is invited by Blanche to an exotic dinner party and she is dressed up as a cocotte.