Die Braut aus der Residenz (Drama, 1836)
In Die Braut aus der Residenz, Jakob Wehringer is a rich factory manager who is looking for a bride. Madame Dorner is a widow and Wehringer’s relative. She wants her daughter, Minchen, to marry Wehringer. Minchen is convinced that Wehringer does not even see her as a potential spouse. Wehringer arrives at Madame Dorner’s house and announces that he has found a woman to marry. The contract has been signed; only the ceremony needs to take place. He explains how he asked his friend, the Rittmeister von Seltern, to find him a bride while vacationing in the Residenz. Rittmeister found Frau Aurora von Stern, a young widow from the Residenz. Madame Dorner objects to this and claims that such a woman would not fit into provincial life. Wehringer disregards Madame Dorner’s objections and proceeds to inform her that Frau von Stern will be staying with them.
Frau von Stern arrives and is full of graciousness. Wehringer is quick to agree with her requests and thanks Rittmeister for bringing him such a beautiful bride. Two servants discuss Frau von Stern and disagree on their opinions of her. One thinks she is quite lovely and refined, while the other finds her uncouth. Frau von Stern comes out of her room and reprimands the servants for squabbling right outside her door and promptly fires one of them. Wehringer sees Frau von Stern moving into the garden hall that he promised to reserve for Madame Dorner to live in. Frau von Stern insists that she should have this hall instead of Madame Dorner. Minchen enters the room and asks to speak privately with Frau von Stern. She pleads with Frau von Stern to let her mother have this hall because she is old and set in her ways. Frau von Stern does not relent.
Later, Wehringer receives a visit from a woman who says he owes her eighty taler for the three hats that Frau von Stern destroyed. As she is waiting to be paid, a tailor comes in saying that he was called in to make a new dress coat for Wehringer. The tailor shows him the pattern for the coat that Frau von Stern wants him to have, and Wehringer objects. Just as he is sorting out this situation, a man enters and says that Frau von Stern requested that Wehringer have his hair styled. Frau von Stern has also employed this man as a servant to replace the servant she has fired. Wehringer is upset about all of this. He says he will not let the old servant go and he will not pay for the hats, the coat, the hair styling, or the new servant. Wehringer does not know what to do with Frau von Stern. She makes him angry, but he has fallen in love with her. When Wehringer goes to talk to Frau von Stern, she says she has a headache and asks Wehringer to say what he wants quickly so that she can return to her room. Wehringer believes that she is putting on a show to gain his sympathy and tells her that she has turned his life upside down in the course of a few hours. After a spectacle, Wehringer says to Rittmeister that he no longer wants to marry Frau von Stern. Rittmeister asks Wehringer why he did not just marry Minchen. Wehringer reads a letter that reveals that Rittmeister is in love with Frau von Stern. Wehringer challenges him to a duel. Madame Dorner calls Minchen to try to convince Wehringer not to go through with it. Minchen tries her best, but cannot change his mind. When Minchen faints, Wehringer realizes that Minchen loves him. He proposes to her and she accepts. After some misunderstanding, it is decided that Frau von Stern will marry Rittmeister and Minchen will marry Wehringer.
Die Braut aus der Residenz.
Lustspiel in zwei Aufzügen.
Prinzessin Amalie, Herzogin zu Sachsen
Jakob Wehringer, ein reicher Fabrikherr in der Provinz
Madame Dorner, eine Wittwe, seine Verwandte
Minchen, ihre Tochter
Frau von Stern, eine junge Wittwe aus der Residenz
Rittmeister von Seltern, Wehringer’s Freund
Conrad, Wehringer’s alter Bedienter
Rosa, Kammermädchen der Frau von Stern
Madame Welser, Putzmacherin
Jean, ein Bedienter