It is the year 1832. Adam arrives in Paris. He feels lonely and rarely leaves the house. He reminisces about his failed romance with Konstancja, who was willing to divorce her husband for him.
In the autumn he is visited by an acquaintance who shares the news of passing of Adam’s old flame, Maria Szymanowska. Adam finds out that Maria’s daughter, Celina, whom he remembers as a little girl, has been abandoned by her fiancé. Celina is already on her way to Paris…
“Celina is the wife I have been looking for.” The marriage served as a remedy for the spleen the poet had been suffering from over the past several years. In September of the following year Celina gave birth to their first daughter, Maria (later called “plump Misia”). Julian Ursyn Niemcewicz was in awe of the baby girl, whom he held during the baptism ceremony. Four more children followed – Władysław, Helena, Aleksander, Jan and Józef – born at approximately two-year intervals.