(Strauss: Intermezzo). Spoken. The 8‐year‐old son of Christine and Robert Storch. Known to his family as der kleine Franzl (‘little Franz’). When his mother believes her husband is having an affair, she sits next to the child's bed and tells him how terrible his father is. The child, who worships his father, does not want to listen and defends his father. Created (1924) by Fritz Sonntag.