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Chapter 4: The road to Lobositz, and home
3. Once more, and then adieu Rottweil, adieu for ever!
This man von R - - was one of Markoni's bad debtors, of whom he had plenty. Now, he did not fear that he might be going to bring him his money, but rather that he might come for more, for my master could not refuse anything to anyone. From time to time, however, he tried to employ me in collecting debts of this kind, but for this I was of no use whatsoever; the fellows would give me good words and I would go home satisfied. But this manner of housekeeping could not any longer continue. It finally came to the point that Markoni had to fear the worst, when he considered how few young men he had delivered to the King for so much money spent, for, as well he knew, Frederick the Great was also the most exact accountant of his times. He therefore urged me and the landlord, and all his acquaintances, to look round and see if we could not bring a few more fellows into his net. But all was in vain. And at the same time the two sergeants Hevel and Krüger arrived once more in Rottweil empty- handed. Now all of us together had to make ready for a journey.
39, (a regular institution in this town, in which over two hundred persons of all ranks are enrolled), were playing their pranks, which cost my master a deal of money. And in short, it was high time that we should quit the place.
40and my gentle hostess likewise! Farewell, farewell to you all!
44. Journey to Berlin:
On the 15th of March 1756 we set forth in God's name from Rottweil, the sergeants Hevel, Krüger and Labrot, myself and Kaminski, with bag and baggage, and, except for the last-named, all fully armed. Marianchen sewed a posy on my hat and sobbed; I pressed a nine-batz piece into her hand, myself also almost overcome by grief. For though I was so firmly resolved upon this journey, and had no forebodings of trouble, yet it caused my heart to be strangely heavy, though I
Celebrations of the days before Lent, in Catholic countries, involved feasting and parading on a grand scale, and many other ceremonies somewhat similar to the Mystery Plays in England, but including many elements of pre-Christian beliefs.
The Crossbow inn still stands but is now the main post office.