The Count of Talavera, a book from 1840, sparkling and suspenseful.
About a charming young man who around 1720 becomes implicated in dark schemes when he accidentally meets a nobleman who is wanted by the police. As the loyal son of the chief police officer in Amsterdam, this puts him in a very awkward position.
And in the meantime, he meets the girl of his dreams who seems to be beyond reach: how will he ever meet her again? His environment imposes stringent rules of decency when it comes to meeting young women.
He returns from a long journey paid for by his considerate father and meant to complete his education. But now he has to get down to work, and spend his time on other obligations. He applies himself to this with the utmost care and the best intentions. He gives an entertaining account of his visits and trips.
Written by the Dutch novelist Jacob van Lennep (1802-1868) who is said to be very much like the main character in this novel. A likeable person of wide reading, keen on enjoying life and entertaining his company.