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Coteau and fun with flour
Chopin spends his holiday in Côteau, a village near Tours, at the Forests’, August Franchomme’s relatives. Having returned to Paris, Chopin writes to Franchomme (he began the letter on 14 September and ended it on 18 September): "Côteau, oh Côteau! […] tell everybody at Côteau that I will never forget my stay in the Touraine, that so much kindness deserves eternal gratefulness. They say I gained weight, that I look good; I feel superb thanks to my dinner table neighbours, who surrounded me with genuine motherly care. When I think about it all, everything seems like a such a nice dream that I would like to keep on dreaming… And the peasant women of Pornic! And the flour! Or rather the graceful shape of your nose… which you must have dipped in…?"
The mention of "the peasant women of Pornic" is, in fact, a humorous reference to the female participants of a particular game played at the Forests’ house. They would pour flour into a plate to form a pyramid and place a ring on top of it. The challenge was to pick up the ring with your lips without getting your nose all dirty with the flour.

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The mention of "the peasant women of Pornic" is, in fact, a humorous reference to the female participants of a particular game played at the Forests’ house. They would pour flour into a plate to form a pyramid and place a ring on top of it. The challenge was to pick up the ring with your lips without getting your nose all dirty with the flour.