A good story-telling job, with a teasing buildup not quite justified by the close, but thoroughly entertaining reading. The opening comment by the story teller sets the key:- ""This is really a very silly story...The boy was so absurd, and the girl so mean. And everybody perspired so much."" Apt-- though unpredictable. A fantastic story of Jules who at 23 was a sort of reductio ad absurdum of his times, carrying every vice and virtue of the period -- the 17th century -- to excess, but rescued by sincerity and youth, as he trails the daughter of a Spanish grandee, a foolish venture in high style heroics. There is amusing use of the vernacular and a bit of fishwife argot in the telling, so 'ware your conservaties. Minnigerode has a facile pen, and a gift for spinning a yarn against an exotic, but authentic background.