Helena De Koch
Singer from the short story "The Count of Crow's Nest" by Willa Cather, first published in Home Monthly in October 1896. She is the daughter of a Count who has lost his fortune.
"No Countess, if you please, Mr. Buchanan. Just plain Helena De Koch. Titles are out of date, and more than absurd in our case. I come from a rehearsal of a concert where I sing for money, attired in a ready-made gown, botched over by a tailor, to visit my respected parent in a fourth-rate lodging house, and you call me Countess! Could anything be more innately funny? Titles only go in comic opera now. I have often tried to persuade my father to content himself with Paul De Koch."