What would 19th-century Polish poet and novelist Maria Konopnickawrite about today? In the Positivist period, a woman author had to ignore her own needs and devote her writing to ‘important matters’. She had to face moral restrictions and make concessions to her readers. In the play, Konopnicka reconstructs the letters she burnt, her side notes and the openly secret years of her life spent with Maria Dulębianka, whom she called ‘Pietrek with worn elbows’. She examines what desires, goals and attitudes make her who she is.