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Munich Nights Chapter 35: “Caring For The Dying Duke, And Danger Seen In The Castle”

Munich Nights Chapter 35: “Caring For The Dying Duke, And Danger Seen In The Castle”

The new infirmary quickly and happily flourished treating the usual medical maladies. Such as ear and eye infections, sprained wrists and ankles and toothache. Even an occasional birth happened and naturally, death lingered to introduce itself. There was even a small comfortable enclosure prepared for sick animals that the caring brother had erected behind the building. And I had the job of changing the straw! We were graced one day unexpectedly by an unannounced visit from his Royal Highness the duke…

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Munich Nights Chapter 34: “A New Infirmary Is Planned And Some Further Alphabet Lessons Are Arranged For The Boy”

Munich Nights Chapter 34: “A New Infirmary Is Planned And Some Further Alphabet Lessons Are Arranged For The Boy”

“Even then when an unexpected sudden shower splashed down onto the crowded square, the now excited audience did not decrease but somehow increased, in their sickening cruel enjoyment and satisfaction in this cruel puppet depiction of the king and his queen. The rain would certainly never be allowed to douse their frenzied enjoyment of what was happening it seemed before their very eyes.” The brother would quickly recall years later as he related the story to the young boy: “And…

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Munich Nights Chapter 33: “Happy Memories of Old Venice, And A Sinister Puppet Show Performed In Windsor”

Munich Nights Chapter 33: “Happy Memories of Old Venice, And A Sinister Puppet Show Performed In Windsor”

My mother and sister were both of course anxiously waiting and very concerned at the open door of our cottage when I arrived home. Excited but still very confused about what had just happened. I just walked inside past them without a word and sat down by the empty grate on an upturned wooden box. Still very much astonished by what had just happened and that I was also somehow involved with it as well. Later that morning I helped…

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Munich Nights Chapter 32: “The Lady Louise Arrives To Seek The Brother’s Assistance”

Munich Nights Chapter 32: “The Lady Louise Arrives To Seek The Brother’s Assistance”

And true to his word I departed to reluctantly leave for my home and leave him happily to remain with his beloved books alongside his jars and pots and antique scales. An authoritative voice from outside announced its shrill presence demanding to be heard: “Open up in the name of the duke” a man shouted in annoyance. I recognised it straight away as the duke’s unpopular master Sergeant at Arms usually serving in the secured castle armoury. I had always…

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Munich Nights Chapter 31: “Rory Learns Important Lessons of Life”

Munich Nights Chapter 31: “Rory Learns Important Lessons of Life”

The brother then wrote carefully on his little board the first ten letters of the alphabet and immediately below each letter, the numbers from 1- 10. He simply explained to me the difference in words and numbers. And had me count by rote and with his guidance 1-10 on my two hands. I eventually found this was fairly easy to do, and I was also very eager to learn everything he offered me from this first lesson. I really was…

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Munich Nights Chapter 30: “The Brother Settles In And Quickly Makes An Impression”

Munich Nights Chapter 30: “The Brother Settles In And Quickly Makes An Impression”

When my father had mysteriously departed that foggy May morning the previous year, remarking casually to us, ‘that he was just going out and would be back soon with some much-needed kindling firewood,’ we sat and foolishly waited. But of course, he never returned to his family. My mother had then taken it as a mother’s or a wife’s mission upon herself to place herself at our old scratched warped door and always standing like a lonely weary sentry looking hopefully…

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Munich Nights Chapter 29: “Brother Jerome Arrives Mysteriously” 

Munich Nights Chapter 29: “Brother Jerome Arrives Mysteriously” 

“Our little village of forty souls boasted some fifteen children of various ages and sizes. We never knew how old we all were of course,  simply because none of us had ever celebrated a known birthday. We were just born or had just arrived and that was it. But sadly some of those babies did not or could not survive. Many being later claimed and taken away by consuming illnesses and diseases that seemed to come really from nowhere. The…

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Munich Nights Chapter 28: “The Old Man And His Village, And The Arrival of Brother Jerome”

Munich Nights Chapter 28: “The Old Man And His Village, And The Arrival of Brother Jerome”

Darling Walter, Today I am going on an exciting picnic with Carin, well who else, to see and explore the surrounding but rather interesting countryside and we’re really both looking forward to it. Otto will be our usual driver … oh but before I forget, I must tell you that there is only one telephone in the hospital building can you believe and that it is safely secured in the director’s private office. So obviously there is no privacy if…

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Munich Nights Chapter 27: “The Gradual Demise of Carin Goring And Introducing ‘Brother’ Jerome”

Munich Nights Chapter 27: “The Gradual Demise of Carin Goring And Introducing ‘Brother’ Jerome”

Since she had been a young girl and experiencing and approaching adolescence, Karen Auer had recorded her thoughts, dreams and desires into her trusted Moroccan bound yearly diary. An unexpected Christmas gift, as she later recalled, on her twelfth birthday from her father. After her decision to abruptly leave the conservatory many years later and because of that painful, personal betrayal by another fellow student whom she had then thought of then as a dear friend, but was nothing more…

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Munich Nights Chapter 26: “Geli Raubal’s Lost Diary And An Important Encounter With An Academic”

Munich Nights Chapter 26: “Geli Raubal’s Lost Diary And An Important Encounter With An Academic”

Heinrich stood watching his staff car depart into the folds of the Munich night. Then he turned and beckoned one of the passing white-coated waiters. He requested that Herr Hess, Doctor Goebbels, Captain Goring and Herr Frick please join him in one of the few secluded tea rooms. He had decided on the most spacious one for its users’ privacy and discretion. Later convenient table telephones would be installed to each room offering a semblance of further privacy to the…

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