A Tale of love from Birini Castle

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Erix, Renate and Max fon Pistolkorss
There were three children in the family of Alexander and Eleanor Pistolkorss - a daughter and two sons. Both boys were close friends from early childhood. They both studied together at the local school and later at the University. The elder son Erik loved lively companions and parties most of all. But Max left for the Caucasus to participate in the organized Army manoeuvres. Soon the family received a tragic message that Max had committed suicide at the place where he was serving in the Caucasus on May 12, 1911. His brother’s death absolutely shocked Erik. He fell into a deep depression. Only because of the care of his relatives and the peace of Birini manor was he able to slowly get better.
At that time his sister Renate had a lovely girl as a maid, who took care of Erik during his illness. Soon his family noticed that the relationship between both young people went further than simple friendship. Some time later Erik announced his wish to marry the servant girl. His mother would not even consider the possibility that her son would marry a girl from a lower class, and hoping the girl will leave the manor in shame, decided to use lies and treachery against her. She wrote a counterfeit letter supposedly composed by Erik before his departure. It said that he had decided to marry a woman of his own class. His mother did not know that the girl was pregnant. Being unable to endure the bitter disappointment and oncoming conflict, she hung herself in one of the rooms of the Castle. When Erik returned to the Castle, it was too late. This tragedy completely left Erik out of his mind. Not able to imagine his life without this beloved person, he shot himself in the manor park in the winter of 1912.
At that time men, who had taken their own lives were buried outside the cemetery. Since the young baron belonged to higher class he was buried in the family crypt and a priest read the service for the dead.
No service was held for the young maid. Therefore to these days, on restive full moon nights, her ghost wanders through the Castle looking for her beloved.

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