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Chopin’s rough guide to Britain: ‘crafty’ locals and ‘dreadful’ weather
Chopin went back to Scotland to stay at Johnstone Castle. “The weather has changed, and it is dreadful outside," he wrote. "I am feeling sick and depressed, and everyone wears me down with their excessive attentions.” He was also involved in a near-fatal accident. Out riding in a two-horse carriage, one of the animals reared and broke loose. The carriage hit a tree and smashed into pieces, leaving Chopin to climb free from the wreck.