✹ About Monday 16 November 1668 Dorothy on 17 Nov 2021 • Link He does sound like a lovesick teenager. It never occurs to him that this information his wife "let fall" is certain to be false. I'd bet Deb is on the other side of London from Holborn and Dr. Allbon. I assume "Cassandra" and the other books are to show his wife how much he thinks of her -- after he wastes almost an entire day hanging around hoping for a sight of Deb. Men!