was the only child of Otto and Hildegard von Goff-Puttkamer.
Raised alone in the nearly deserted nursery of Schönwald,
Luise had to find her entertainment and companionship in her
pets and in the servants of the manor.
father indulged her, and realised that she needed the
companionship of pets, so he provided her with a red macaw for
which he built a floor to ceiling cage right by Luise’s
bedroom door so that she could be with her parrot every moment
of every day that she wanted to.
Because the nanny
and the governess were too afraid of the macaw to venture into
its cage, Luise was able to go into the parrot’s cage to
the parrot could curse in several languages was an added bonus
also gave Luise a black spaniel and a pony, one of the wild
Tarpans from Poland that had been orphaned and hand reared.
Despite being hand
reared, the pony remained wild, regarding Luise as its charge
and fiercely protective of her.
With her pony and
her dog Luise roamed safely all over the vast estate of Schönwald,
in a life of freedom in sharp contrast to the normally
restricted lives of young girls of the Junker class.
mother love Luise turned to her grandmother and to the manor
house cook, who doted on her.
Luise knew that her
mother had no time for her, but was secure in the love of her
father, her grandmother, and the cook, so it wasn’t until
her grandmother died that Luise became painfully aware of the
lack of affection and support from her mother, and felt
that point Otto hired a foundling, Kirsten, as companion/maid
for Luise so that she would not grow up alone.
and Kirsten became close, with real affection and
companionship between them.
When Luise was in
trouble for one of her escapades, Kirsten refused to tell on
her, and so was locked in the attic.
Luise then joined
together with the children who worked and lived in the manor
house to take food and bedding to Kirsten in the attic.
was impetuous, impulsive and mischievous, but also loyal,
generous and good hearted, so the children who worked and
lived on the estate were fond of her, even to the point of
risking getting themselves into trouble to help her.
When she wanted to
learn to read, the cook’s daughter trusted Luise to teach
her, knowing that not only was Luise capable of teaching
reading and writing, she was also capable of keeping the
secret even at cost to herself.
When a harsh
governess was hired by Luise’s mother, the servant children
joined Luise in making the governess’s life so miserable
that she left Schönwald.
had much needed companionship in Kirsten, and warmed under the
touch of the much more suitable young governess Otto hired.
The new governess
was able to deal with Luise’s enthusiasm and to challenge
her quick mind.
To help her Otto
also hired a tutor of mathematics and science; and kept on a
teacher of dance and French who had been hired by Hildegard
along with the harsh governess that the children had driven
out of the house.
Although all of
those people kept Luise busy, the main thrust of her life was
still her pony and her dog and being with her Dad.