Originally Posted by desertblues
Despite of the lightness of the French words that are used, the (for me) somewhat sterile period of Biedermeier http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biedermeier
and Bürgerlichkeit is what comes to my mind. No wild adventure here; all has to have its order, its fixed place under the more or less benevelont eye of God and society.
That's true but this changes with the progress of the story. I've read this books some years ago but this an impression that I've keept: All values will change.