had had two wives, she discovered, so Stan wasn't exactly doing anything novel. Nevertheless, it was still all very novel to her.
Frederick the Great of Prussia
Jenny decided to e-mail Stan. She felt that it would be easier for her to address her questions at a distance than in going up to meet him which, though she wanted to, felt it inappropriate whilst she could not maintain her composition and dignity. As an aristocrat with an aristocratic upbringing, maintaining self-control and poise meant a great deal to her.
I must confess I am not entirely sure how I should begin this correspondence with you as I am sure you will by now realise that the matters we are presently communicating over have come as somewhat of a shock to me. Nevertheless I wish you to know that I am open and willing to learn provided that which we discuss is according to God's Word.
I have been studying the materials you sent me on the CD-ROM and to date I cannot find fault with them, even though they are surely very new to me and difficult to grasp. My greatest problem is understanding how you, a Prussian gentleman, could have found yourself enmeshed in a marital system which is - how shall I put it - contrary to all our cherished customs?
I am also curious as to the fate of the von Brandenburg-Schwedt's. Do you have any further information?
Respectfully, your cousin,
A reply came within a couple of hours.
May the grace and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ always be yours.
Thank you for your e-mail which I received with pleasure. I gather from the content that you have worked out the meaning of your dreams.
Yes, I fully understand your feelings in this matter, and the more so given our common backgrounds. Yet customs, as you must know, are a strange and ever changing species, that owe their origins more to human whim than to any divine imperative. It would be wrong to look upon our ancestors as having a uniform set of customs, moreover. The Prussian aristocracy were every bit as morally diverse as any aristocracy of their time, from the libertines to the gentlemen Christians like Schwerin, Still, Fouqué, Zieten, Moller and Kahlden. Then there was the redoubtable General Belling who conducted fervent hymn sessions in the immediate presence of the enemy, just like Hezekiah of old! How I love those men!
Of all the European nobility, we Prussians have been the most misrepresented of all, especially by the modern Anglo-Saxons who have categorised us all as fiends because of the rennegade Hohenzollerns9 and the barbarian nazis. But the Hohenzollerns weren't true Prussians at all - they came from the south - and nearly all of the nazis were west- or south Germans - that chicken-farmer Himmler from Bavaria, the Rhinelander Goebbels, the west German Göring from Rosenheim, and the Austrian corporal Hitler from Braunau. Most of the opposition to Hitler was organised by Prussian aristocrats like us. We are an historically maligned people. And do you know, they call us war-mongers, and yet as you look at the history of the major powers from the time of the Brandenburg-Prussian league to 1945, you will discover that France, England, Russia, and Austria (to name but four) waged four or five times as many wars as we did.
Cousin Jenny, you and I are of a nobler breed, from the barren northern part of Germany, from the mark of Brandenburg and the eastern provinces. Our people were courageous and daring. And yet they were not ostentatious but were truly internationalists. Prussia welcomed refugees like the French Hugenots, many of whom rose to distinction like the French General Fouqué. And their women were cut from the same cloth. Democracy was never in our blood for we have always sought out an enlightened aristocracy - that is why the liberals and communists destroyed us as a nation in 1945.
My first wife, Suszana Reichshofen, is of the same Prussian line as you and I, though rather more mixed than yours. From the moment I saw you I felt not just an ancestral kinship but something infinitely deeper. And I am confident that you are of such a spiritual disposition that will make you feel an even closer kinship with a family system that is infinitely older than Prussia and which will enable you, should you choose to align yourself with it, to realise the full extent of your God-given potential.
Your devoted servant in Christ
Stanisław Brandenburg-Schwedt Królewiec
Though she couldn't explain why, Jenny was deeply moved by Stan's letter. It was not what she had expected in the least. His appeal to her ancestral qualities both surprised and pleased her, for she knew that he was the custodian of something but wasn't sure what, nor how it would have any application in the modern hedonistic and neo-pagan liberal democratic world. For the first time she began to see that maybe there was a possible application to Stan's polygamy though she could not quite see it clearly yet.
She answered his letter immediately and asked when she might come and visit him at Kadesh-Naphtali.
"Tomorrow," came the immediate reply, "then you will be in time to witness several weddings, including two of mine, my son's and my daughter's."
Though shocked at the revelation Stan was about to marry two more times, she accepted without hestitation, galvanised by the thought of witnessing some polygamous marriages taking place. She did not even wait for the next day but was on an afternoon train to Stockholm and from there to Mora. Jenny Stattin, who was becoming conscious of her advancing years, would not be wasting any more time in her life.