Some lazy, anecdotal sketch of a slightly younger Mana and Jules. Yaddah yaddah.
The young Julian never had a problem with women. His charismatic ways and uncanny gift with words and manipulation allowed him to be quite a success to members of the opposite gender. Winning over women posed as an entertaining game to him, and he saw each lovely lady as a puzzle to be solved.
However, upon winning a fair maiden over, the entertainment more or less stopped there. A lot of the aristocratic ladies he courted became terribly predictable once a relationship was established. They all seemed easily impressed by similar things, sought similar notions, and enjoyed similar activities--engaging in similar etiquette. For this reason, the young Lord DuPont found himself easily bored, and relationships would fall apart as he quickly lost interest.
By the time Mana had become the subject of his affections, she was well aware of the nature of the young man's previous relationships. There was nothing usual about Mana as far as aristocratic conventions were concerned, and she was determined not to fall into predictable patterns.
Though it was Julian who initiated the tone of courtship with her, Mana was quick to take control. She amused him with spontaneity and proactivity, not waiting for him to initiate gestures of affection. She enjoyed removing him from his social comfort zones, while challenging his understanding of social conventions. She posed herself as a constant challenge to him, but not without their just rewards. To him, she was a consistent source of entertainment. A puzzle he could never completely solve; she would allow him to come so close only to surprise him again.
Not only that, but Mana presented herself as rare company in which Julian was encouraged to be himself--without his political persona and the reserved, socially conservative mannerisms which accompanied it.
It worked. The two never grew tired of one another.