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Landscape: Quandt and Isolation

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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

husband’s death.

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

reputation:

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.

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