Hanna, a washwoman who dreams of great heroic deeds, tousled and airy-fairy, doesn’t have an easy life.
Unmanageable clothespins, sneaky laundry lines, a washing basin with
dizzying abysses and – most of all – a dirty and lazy pile of laundry
can only be overcome with great cunning.
Hanna’s only gleam of hope is her book about the heroic deeds of Joan of Arc, which she devotedly reads during her breaks.
Yes! She would trade her lonely and exhausting life in a second for
adventures, glory and honour. Dream and reality immingle, lose their
boundaries. The washing trough becomes a warship, the pile of laundry
the battle horse... even pants „come flying down from the skies“ and
dub her knight: Long live Joan of ArPpo!
For lack of foreign conquerors she declares war on her bitterest enemy without further ado: the huge pile of dirty laundry.
Neither brawls nor drinking bouts, neither treachery nor cowardice can
discourage the brave heroine, who – armed with pans and buckets – puts
up a good fight.
But little people have a hard time in stepping out from someone’s shadow... and Hanna heroically drowns in her washing basin.