BEETHOVEN 200 YEARS AGO TODAY: Sunday, June 11, 1820 (approximately)

Conversation Book 14, leaf 26v.

Beethoven is gossiping with the same cart driver’s wife that he spoke to on about June 6, probably whenever he returned to Mödling from Vienna. Beethoven seems to have mentioned the name of a possible housekeeper (the wine merchant’s wife?), and the cart driver’s wife responds, “Now she has stolen farmers’ parsley at the Market.” When Beethoven asks how she knows that, she answers, “Her own sister-in-law told me.” Presumably this accusation of petty thievery disqualified whomever was under discussion.