blazing with musical work: for he has further acquired a little chorus of girls for Sorochintzi, and in Khovanshchina it has become apparent how all should be in the scene of the scribe's story to the streltzi about the troopers. Well and good! Yesterday I dined and spent the evening at the Généralissime's, Repin was there and we were glad to see each other. It was delightful. Yes, I nearly forgot, I have invented something extremely physiognomical for the pastor in Khovanshchina.17 Really! Till our meeting in the very near future, my dear little dove; be well, and your Musinka greets you heartily; on Wednesday it shall be done as you have deigned to command.
24 July, 1876
July 31, 1876
. . . Last Friday I invited Musorgsky over with Repin, and the latter was in great ecstasy over all that Musorgsky had composed in the 3 years that he [ Repin] had been away. Yes, I give you my word, all this time Musorgsky has gone ahead in my esteem so enormously that mere "Musicians"--Rimsky-Korsakov, Cui and the like--simply cannot see or understand this situation . . .
Tzarskoye Selo, New Places Zhukovsky's dacha, No. 7 2 August, 1876
Dear little dove of mine, Ludmila Ivanovna, you see I have moved. The dacha is so excellent that the trees creep into the window and whisper, what exactly--I don't know, but they seem to be whispering something nice. With these good and peaceful friends, although they are a little noisy at times, God help us accomplish our strong desires, to achieve "those" deeds--of which one only dreams. Possessed of a strong body and, if God so grants, peace of mind, perhaps Khovanshchina will not reject me. Last night I hardly slept in the "new place";____________________