All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own. – Johan Wolfgang von Goethe
Frieda’s life after meeting Robert was wonderful. It was the happiest she had ever been in her short life. Unfortunately this was not to last.
His family was well-to-do, and hers were poor. He was Catholic and she was Protestent (Lutheran), and on top of all that, he was ethnically French, and she German. All these made for a lot of taboos they had broken by daring to fall in love. Marriage was completely out of the question. His family ultimately forced him into an arranged marriage with a “respectable” girl from a good, Catholic family.
Unfortunately Frieda also found herself pregnant during this time, and her family quickly sent her away to a special “boarding school” that one of her “rich relatives” paid for. After spending a year away at this school, she came home to a new “baby brother.” During this year her mother made all their neighbors believe she was the one who was pregnant (since she had already given birth to 9 other children previously, one more would not be suspicious). Robert was named as the child’s “godfather.”
Frieda’s love child with the man she loved so dearly was taken away from her and raised as her baby brother. To this day, I doubt he even knows the truth. Frieda was heartbroken in more ways than most people could imagine and she would never fully recover emotionally from this.