It’s okay to lie in order to save a life.
I know that the story is more fiction than fact, but I was surprised to see how close it came to the real story.
Maria really was a candidate in the convent. She did tend to get into trouble for high spirits. She was really sent to be a governess (but to only one of the children). The captain was really about to be engaged to a baroness. The children were very musical. They did have a singing group. Maria didn’t want to marry the captain, but did so because the Mother Superior told her it was God’s Will.
The Captain was called up to action. They did flee, leaving everything behind–they pretended to go on a hiking trip.
did you know that Maria was reared as an atheist and converted in college?
Captain was a Protestant who converted shortly before their marriage.
They had three children of their own.
They had a resident priest/musician who both ministered to their spiritual needs and trained them as a choir. They had a chapel in their house where the Blessed Sacrament was housed.
The Captain lost most of his wealth in the depression–a local bank failed. They had to take in boarders.
Their music was not the light fare of the movie, but intricate choral pieces as well as folk music.
They toured the U.S. for several years, but then opened a summer camp/farm that attracted many families. It is still in existence today.