Other than an infatuation with Josh before she met Alex, there had been no one else.
This infatuation colours all his later career.
Infatuation for Fanny Elssler, the celebrated danseuse, forms, the subject of some remarkable letters to his friend Rahel, the wife of Varnhagen von Ense (1830-1831).
His infatuation for Kunigunde of Eisenberg caused his wife to leave him, a.nd after her death in 1270 he married Kunigunde, who had already borne him a son, Apitz or Albert.
It is profoundly affecting to contemplate this man, a mere wreck from gout, shrinking from no fatigue, no labour, and no personal sacrifices; disregarding the obstacles and difficulties thrown in his way by cardinals and temporal princes, whose fatal infatuation refused to see the peril which hung above them all; recurring time after time, with all his intellect and energy, to the realization of his scheme; and finally adopting the high-hearted resolve of placing himself at the head of the crusade.