Catootje was born in 1736 as Catharina Boreel in The Netherlands. She spent the summer with her family on Beeckestijn .When she was sixteen she fell in love with her brothers teacher: Claude Salgas, but her parents did not approve. She had to marry Jan Bernt Bicker. When Jan Bernt dies, Catootje is a fairly young widow. Claude has never forgotten Catootje and is now free to marry his first great love.
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