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played a
role.
He nevertheless returned
to
Zurich in the
fall
and resumed
life
there with
Maric,
who
was
preparing
to
retake the
final
examinations.
Einstein
began
to
work
on
a
doctoral
dissertation under
Weber's
super-
vision while
earning
a
living by giving
private
lessons. In the
spring
of
1901
he
gave up
this
plan
and returned
to his
parents'
home
in
Milan. His
depar-
ture,
which
was apparently
related
to his
parents' opposition
to
his relation-
ship
with
Maric, caused
some
tension between Einstein and
Maric.
That
spring,
Einstein tried
to
find
a
position
as
Assistent to
a
number of
physics professors,
but
the search
proved
fruitless and
depressing.
He
was
convinced
that
Weber thwarted
his efforts. Yet
Einstein's
mordant
sense
of
humor did
not fail
him,
and his letters remained
optimistic.
He
soon
received
help
from friends who
were aware
of
his
plight.
Marcel
Grossmann's
father intervened
on
Einstein's behalf with the head of the
Swiss
Patent
Office,
who held
out
the
prospect
of
a
permanent post
for
Einstein
in the future. In the
meantime,
with the
help
of other ETH
friends,
he obtained
a temporary teaching
position
at
the Winterthur technical school.
Einstein
responded
enthusiastically
to
these
brighter
prospects.
On the
way
to
Winterthur from
Milan, he
and Maric
were
reunited
on a
brief
expedition
over
the
Splügen.
While
teaching
at
Winterthur,
Einstein visited
Maric
frequently
in
Zurich.
It
was presumably during
one
of their
meetings
that
she
told Einstein of her
pregnancy.
He
sought
to
reassure
her-he
would take
any permanent job,
no
matter how little it
might
satisfy
his
personal
and
scientific ambitions;
then
they
would
marry
and confront
his
parents
with
a
fait
accompli.
In
spite
of
his
attempts
to
secure a
position
in
an
insurance
firm
or
at
a
secondary
school,
he
again
was
only
able
to
find
temporary work,
as a
tutor at
a
private
school
in
Schaffhausen,
where he
went
in the
fall
of
1901.
While
there,
he resumed
work
on a
dissertation,
this time under the
supervision
of
Alfred
Kleiner
of the
University
of Zurich. In December he learned
that
the
long-awaited
position
at
the
Swiss
Patent
Office
was now
assured,
though
the
starting
date
was
not
certain. Soon
afterwards, he left
Schaffhausen
abruptly
and moved
to
Bern, supporting
himself
by
giving
private
lessons
while
waiting
for
final
word
on
the
Patent
Office
appointment.
Maric
had
gone
home to Kac
in the
summer
of
1901,
after
her
second
at-
tempt
to
graduate
from the ETH had
failed.
That
fall
a
letter from Einstein's
parents
to
Maric's
parents
caused
a
major
crisis
for
her, whereupon
she
took
a
brief
trip
to
Switzerland
to visit
Einstein. Their
child,
a
girl
called
"Lieserl"
in their
letters,
was
born
early
in 1902.
Einstein
was
appointed
to
the
Patent
Office
in June of
that
year,
and he and
Maric
were
married in
Bern
early
in
1903.
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