However, the unusual domestic arrangement starts to take its toll on the husband. He can't believe that his wife is actually sleeping with a chimp without seeing the truth for himself. Their friends can't quite believe it either when Max becomes rather amorous during a dinner party and she makes no real effort to dissuade him. His wife has no desire to sate his curiosity with some bizarre sex-show though and the diplomat becomes increasingly monomaniacal -- to the extent of hiring a prostitute for Max! Finally he cracks and attempts to shoot Max, while his wife and son do their best to prevent him.
In due course there is a reconciliation and the story reaches a happy ending -- even the maid returns. The best aspects of this story, though, are the reactions as people realise that she actually has a chimpanzee as a lover, not just as a pet. Since she regards the affair as a normal part of life her husband arrives at a similar opinion -- after some ups and downs. Their friends are convinced that she is either mad, pining for someone else or a good subject for study while he is equally in need of help. The comedy aspects mostly milk the ape-out-of-water scenario although the simple effect of seeing semi-nude Rampling cuddling a chimp are amusing by their very strangeness.