Thiel , a mere crossing-keeper, however very powerful. He stands as a man of a Herculean frame, intimidating, but he is still very sincere about going to church and religion. Thiel lives his days in a very fastidious manner, he always puts his objects in the same pocket, always leaves at the same time, adn never skips going to church after his job as a crossing-keeper
Thiel, this gargantuan, meticulous and strapping man, is juxtaposed with his wife,Minna, a rather dainty sickly looking lady, many considered this to be an ill-match. Despite all the criticism, the connection between Thiel and Minna was thought to be spiritual.
Their marriage ended abruptly after a span of two years. The best way to put it is "With every end there's a new beginning." and so there was. Minna died in child birth, the baby, birthed just fine, ended up being the new beginning to the mournful passing of Minna. In light of the already the melancholy situation of Thiel, his son ,Tobias carried some of the sickly features from his mom, he seemed to be "Backwards". Thiel loved him nonetheless