In this novel, entitled Desenchantées, Nuriye and Zinnur are the characters Melek and Zeynep respectively. When it was published in Paris the novel exploded like a bomb in Istanbul, and the two sisters were ostracised by Istanbul society. The scandal grew to such proportions that finally Nuriye and Zinnur fled to Paris in disguise in 1905. Their father Nuri Bey, consumed by anxiety that the sultan might hear of the affair, suffered such serious depression that it led to his premature death.
Zinnur Hanım became homesick and returned to Turkey two years later, but Nuriye Hanım married Count Rohozinski of Poland. The couple settled in Paris, where Countess Nuriye became one of the eminent figures of Paris society and made close friends with the sculptor Rodin and painter Rousseau. Her four children, one a famous doctor and another a famous musician, also became well-known in Paris society. She adopted her sister Zinnur's daughter, who was born in Paris. Nuriye Hanım lived in Paris for the rest of her life, dying in an old peoplser home in 1967.