1. How do Ella Lynch and Francisco Solano Lopez meet?
Ella is walking through the courts of her friend, Princess Mathilde, when a feather falls out of her hat. Francisco picks it up and gives it back to her. Even though Franco is a 26-year-old ambassador with a father who is the President of Paraguay, Ella pays him no mind.
2. What is Ella's life like leading up to her time in Paris?
Ella left her home, in Ireland, at the age of 10. She quickly changed her name and met a French army officer who she married at the age of 15. They soon divorced and Ella moved on to Dimitri, a Russian Count who she was living happily with by the age of 19 in Paris.
3. What is life like for Ella and Dimitri before he leaves to fight in the war?
Ella loved being with Dimitri and played at being very wealthy even though she hadn't payed her servants in months. It wasn't until Dimitri announced that he would be heading to war that Ella first thought that she might love him, although she refused to admit it to him at the time.
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