He had a sister, Sarianna, who like her parents was devoted to Browning. Related posts:. It was during this time that Browning became highly creative and productive in his writings. What the message is, other than to secure the freedom of the German city, is never stated.
Desperate to rid the city of rats, the corrupt and repulsively corpulent mayor engages the mysterious piper to charm the vermin away; the piper plays a tune that draws the rats from their holes and leads them to the river Weser, where they drown.
After all, the mayor claims, the piper cannot restore the rats to life. It was a unique piece of work in that it even baffled the Victorian audience.
To explain the siege of Troy, the elder Browning created a game for the child in which the family pets were assigned roles and furniture was recruited to serve for the besieged city.