food. Grave-robbers! everything was necessary in its time, this was the growth of art. Thus let it grow; hinder it as you may--it still will grow. Why do you stand on the tail-board?--it's more comfortable in the master's seat; try it!
I feel better, my dear; so therefore--till our approaching long- desired meeting. And your mighty image is ever before me. I thank you heartily.
Thursday ( 23 October, 1875)
Five hundred million hurrahs to you, Musoryanin!!!
It's only people of this sort whom I can love and understand, from them alone can I expect truly great and lasting things. You wrote me just as Repin or Antokolya would have written,--that's why you three are my trinity.
A great artist is not one who only knows and practices fugues, hands and feet--but he in whom truth grows and ripens, who has in him a jealous, restless and never silent feeling of truth in everything, everything.
Cui's behavior yesterday nauseated me and I disliked it very much. After closing the door after him, I said to Meyer: "This whole business is nasty!!" And Meyer answered: "Yes, it comes from cowardice!" . . .
Till later, or till tomorrow.
I would have flown quickly to embrace you heartily, heartily--but it's time for me to go.
The only change that may injure you is my determination on completely upsetting this vile meeting [Cui and Korsov] without waiting for the first reverence or request from Korsov.44____________________