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  September  
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Wodzińska and the grey hour

Maria Wodzińska to Chopin: "Shoes are done, I am sending them to you. It worries me that they are too big, despite the fact that I gave your shoe, carissimo maestro, to compare the size, but it is as usual, Germans. Dr. Paris consoles me by saying that they will fit You because in winter you you should wear warm, woollen stockings. […] In two weeks we go to Poland. I will see Your parents: it is a great happiness for me; and the respectable Ludwika, will she recognize me? Adieu, mio carissimo maestro, don't forget about Dresden now and soon about Poland."

One day earlier, Maria's mother, Teresa Wodzińska wrote to Chopin: "I will ask You for silence; behave in a healthy way, because all depends on this. […] On October 15, I will already be in Warsaw […] I will see Your parents and Your sisters; I will tell them that you are healthy and happy, but I will not mention the Grey Hour. However, be sure of my favourable feelings for you; for fulfilling my wish and to probe these feelings this caution is necessary."

At the mysterious "grey hour" on September 9, Chopin proposed to Maria. The engagement was kept secret. However, marriage didn't take place due to lack of consent of Maria's father. The correspondence between Fryderyk and Maria and her mother stopped in 1837. Letters by Chopin sent during 1835-1837 Chopin tied with pink ribbon and put an inscription on them "My misery".

More information: My Trouble - a pile of letters from Maria Wodzińska and her family to Fryderyk Chopin bound with a pink ribbon - KALEIDOSCOPE

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One day earlier, Maria's mother, Teresa Wodzińska wrote to Chopin: "I will ask You for silence; behave in a healthy way, because all depends on this. […] On October 15, I will already be in Warsaw […] I will see Your parents and Your sisters; I will tell them that you are healthy and happy, but I will not mention the Grey Hour. However, be sure of my favourable feelings for you; for fulfilling my wish and to probe these feelings this caution is necessary."

At the mysterious "grey hour" on September 9, Chopin proposed to Maria. The engagement was kept secret. However, marriage didn't take place due to lack of consent of Maria's father. The correspondence between Fryderyk and Maria and her mother stopped in 1837. Letters by Chopin sent during 1835-1837 Chopin tied with pink ribbon and put an inscription on them "My misery".

More information:

My Trouble - a pile of letters from Maria Wodzińska and her family to Fryderyk Chopin bound with a pink ribbon - KALEIDOSCOPE