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Conflict Sand and Solagne
On 11 July, a fierce conflict erupts between George Sand and Maurice versus Solange and August Clésinger, resulting in their abrupt departure from Nohant. Three days later Chopin helps Solange, unaware that this means engaging in a conflict with George Sand. On 16 July, George Sand confesses to Charlotte Marliani: "The scenes which made me not merely ask but ultimately force them out of the door, are unbelievable. [...] This diabolic couple left yesterday evening, intoxicated with their audacity". Still in July, Chopin writes to Sand with respect to Solange, receiving the following reply: "And so be it, dear friend, do what your heart now dictates you – confusing the voice of instinct with the voice of consciousness. [...] As regards my daughter, [...] she cannot bring herself to admit that she needs the love of her mother, whom she despises, whom she slanders, whose most noble deeds and house she smears with vile words. It pleases you to listen to all that and perhaps even believe it. I won’t engage in a fight of this kind, it repulses me. I prefer to see you take the enemy’s side rather than defend myself against the enemy, the fruit of my loins, whom I nurtured with my own breast. You take care of her, if you believe that she is the one you ought to devote yourself to. I will not hold a grudge against you for that." The way she concludes the letter leaves no doubt as to the end of their relationship with Chopin: "If this way you feel more free and comfortable, I will not grieve at this strange shifting of sides. May God be with you, my friend, […] I will thank God for this bizarre end of the nine years of exclusive friendship. Please send me a message from time to time. Returning to other issues would be futile."
In the period 1847–1849, vast correspondence passes between Chopin and Solange, the composer feeling responsible for her. Emmanuel Arago wrote to George Sand: "Long time ago, I noticed and fully grasped what power Solange possesses over his restless nature. [...] He had a very deep feeling for her, initially similar to fatherly love, which then changed its character [...] once the child turned into a girl, and a girl into a woman."

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In the period 1847–1849, vast correspondence passes between Chopin and Solange, the composer feeling responsible for her. Emmanuel Arago wrote to George Sand: "Long time ago, I noticed and fully grasped what power Solange possesses over his restless nature. [...] He had a very deep feeling for her, initially similar to fatherly love, which then changed its character [...] once the child turned into a girl, and a girl into a woman."