Meeting The Baroness

Keen Observations Chapter 3


I am writing a scene between Brigitta and Elsa that is not in the play or movie. Please let me know what you think of this dialogue.

Once the Von Trapp Children changed back into their uniforms the met Captain Von Trapp , Elsa and Max down in the parlor.

"Hello my darlings." Max said

One by one the children kissed Max's cheek.

"Before we went earlier this morning Fraulien Maria taught us a song we'd like to sing for you. " Kurt said,

Max clapped his hands. "Lovely! I can't wait to hear it."

The children stood in a line and Lisel stood at the end. They sang a song about Edelweiss. After the song was over Gretl went over to the Baroness and handed her some Edelweiss.

"That was lovely. Georg you didn't tell me your children could sing."

Captain Von Trapp smiled. " Quite frankly I had no idea myself."

"Your voice isn't half bad either Georg." Max commented.

Captain Von Trapp grunted.

" You must tell me all your names and a little bit about yourselves." Elsa said.

Later that evening after dinner Brigitta sat on the balcony that overlooked the lake with Lisel sipping tea.

"Aren't you so happy to see Uncle Max again?" Brigitta asked her sister.

Lisel nodded.. "I do wish we saw him more often then we do. We don't see him quite as much as I'd like."

"What do you think of the Baroness?"

Lisel shrugged. " I don't know. I've known her for a few hours. I think it will take awhile to get used to her. She seems very pleasant though."

Brigitta nodded. "I agree. I heard the Baroness tell Father he wants him to throw a party for her. It's been so long since we've had a party here. Have you decided if you are going to invite Rolfe yet?"

Lisel shrugged. " I still don't know if that's the best idea. What if people start talking about politics and the war? I am afraid if he gets in any type of debate with anyone else it could get pretty heated."

"Why don't you give him a call and ask him if he'll come?"

"It couldn't hurt I suppose."

Brigitta decided to knock on the Barnones's door.

"Come in."

Brigitta peeked her head in. "Hello Frau Schrader."

Elsa smiled. "Hello.. remind me of your name again?"

"Brigitta. I was the one out on the terrace with Fraulin Maria earlier this afternoon. I didn't mean to be rude and not introduce myself."

"That's quite alright. How old are you dear?"

"10. How do you like it here so far?" Brigitta took a seat at the edge of Elsa's bed and Elsa sat down next to her.

"I like it very much. Your father tells me your sister Lisel has romantic feelings for Rolfe the messenger boy."

Brigitta nodded. " I don't think he was supposed to tell you that."

"Have you been keeping this a secret from the rest of your family?"

Brigittia sighed with a tinge of relief. "Yes, it's been quite difficult but I don't want to get Liesl in trouble."

" I can see how you'd be conflicted."

"How do you like your new governess?"

Brigitta smiled. "Usually we plot ways to get rid of the Governeses to get Father home faster but we all really like Fraulin Maria. She's a lot of fun."

"I'd imagine that is must be difficult for all of you to grow up without a mother and your father being away so much on the ship."

Brigitta nodded. "That's why we play tricks on the governesses to get rid of them."

"What do you like about Maria compared to the other governnesses?"

"Well you enjoyed the singing earlier right?"

Elsa nodded. "Very much."

"There hasn't been much of that in this house since Mother died. Father has gotten stricter since she passed away. He runs this house tighter then one of his naval ships. Days are filled with lessons and marching.. not much fun at all. Fraulin Maria has really bought happiness back in this house and I'm glad for that."

"Have any of you tried to tell your father how you feel?"

Brigitta shook her head sadly. "He wouldn't like that very much I'm afraid."

Elsa put her arm around Brigitta's shoulder. If you think it will help I can talk to your father for you."

Brigitta smiled. "You would do that?"

"Of course. I think your father needs to be confronted with how you all feel about this situation."

"I think once Father and Fraulin Maria talk about what happened earlier today he'll never hear the end of it from her. She knows how we feel about all these too."

Elsa smiled. "What you all need is a mother. Weather it's myself or Maria that ends up being the one your father falls in love with I think you all will be happier once he remarries."

Brigitta smiled. and stood up. " I feel a lot better now! Thank you Frau Schrader. Good night."

"Good night dear."

Brigitta closed the door quietly behind her. Elsa was left alone with her own thoughts.
"Would Georg choose her or Maria to be the new mother to his children?"