The story has a historical background. its scents being in Prussia at the time of the invasion by Napoleon. The story opens with the Battle of Jena, through which the heroine, a peasant girl, is left an orphan. 8he then goes to live with her grandfather, and the two have many adventures. Queen Louisa of Prussia also figures in the novel.
he fog, and of how they had no cloaks, and how, the bread giving out, they had been on half rations for some days.
"But their spirits are brave, daughter," he added, "and you never heard such boasting. They are certain of victory; certain, Anna. Prince Hohenlohe was with them this afternoon, and he laughed like a boy when a soldier declared that he would catch one Frenchman, another two, a third, four, and so on. You never heard such boasting."
Frau Weyland shook her head, her nightcap bobbing.
"Boasting, father, never won a prize yet. It is doing that counts, and the Emperor was out in such weather, studying the field, and the Prussians sleeping. Ach, I do not find that promising."
Then suddenly she ran to her father, she clung to him like a child, her blue eyes gazing up into his like Bettina's.
"Ah, father," her lips quivered, "if there should be a battle and my Kaspar----"
The old man wrapped her in his strong arms. She was his only child and the best of daughters