At a glance:
- Author: Benjamin Constant
- First Published: 1816
- Type of Work: Novel
- Type of Plot: Psychological realism
- Setting: Germany and Poland
- Characters: Adolphe, Ellénore, Count de P——
- Genres: Long fiction, Psychological fiction, Novel
- Subjects: Love or romance, Nineteenth century, Eighteenth century, Duty, Human behavior, Germany or German people, Poland or Polish people, Sacrifice, Nobility, Royal courts or courtiers
- Locales: Europe, Germany, Italy, Poland, Göttingen, Germany
Having creditably completed his studies in Göttingen in spite of a somewhat dissipated life, Adolphe is expected, after a preliminary period of travel, to take his place in the governmental department of which his father, the minister of a German electorate, is the head. His father has great hopes for his son and is inclined to be lenient about his indiscretions, but because of an inherent timidity shared by father and son—a timidity combined, on the part of the father, with a defensive outward coldness—no real sympathy is possible between the two.
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