Landscape: Quandt and Isolation
other things but never of Franz. Falling and freezing to death in the fields, but no, never
of him.” She cites this fear of the fields again when remembering her first shock of the
open and isolated nature of their farm: “I thought I would be swallowed up by the space.
I often thought I would run away. But then, I would look out into the fields and it was
open on all sides, which made it harder.” Frau Klause cited her fear of the landscape as
her reason for planning an escape. Later, however, it becomes apparent that her greatest
fear was of her husband. His cruelty made him even more inhospitable, dangerous, and
terrifying than the physical landscape around their farm.
The reporter presses Frau Klause about what she knew of her husband’s past.
Frau Klause only acknowledges that she thought Franz was just a soldier. The reporter
asks if she misses Franz. Her reply sounds cold. She says, “I never miss anything. It is
here. It is gone. There is always more work to do.” She appears unmoved by her
An unexpected thunderstorm forces the reporter to stay at the farmhouse
overnight. The dirt road becomes too muddy to drive over, creating another layer of
physical isolation. Frau Klause even makes light reference to her husband’s past
Reporter - A gothic nightmare. Trapped in a deserted farmhouse… Klause - … with a crazy woman. The butcher's wife who has learned
every trick from her husband. That you could sell to, what is the name of that paper? Reporter - The National Enquirer Klause - Franz's favourite paper, by the way.
Klause is determined to keep the truth of her past buried. Only the listener is privy to the
real story through Klause’s opening and closing monologues. Both monologues are
heard over a German voice, as if we are party to a translation of Frau Klause's thoughts.