Without this money and encouragement from his energetic wife, the young inventor may well have given up and sought employment elsewhere. After all, Europe was in the throes of a stock market crisis, which in 1873 was also having an unsettling effect on the German economy – though Carl Benz had many ideas for constructing machinery for a wide range of industries, the orders failed to materialise. In July 1877, with Bertha expecting their third child, the bailiffs seized the workshop and Carl Benz had to go even deeper into debt to be able to work at all. Nevertheless, Bertha Benz still believed in his automobile vision – an idea that had long since become their joint dream. “We talked about his plans all the time,” she remembered later. “That’s how I became so familiar with all the technology.” According to Leisner, her biographer, Bertha was able to contribute to technical developments in machine construction, understand his plans and put forward her own ideas.