Madame von - honors me with a visit at my villa in Peterhof; after the usual salutations she expresses a wish to inspect my home surroundings; in the music-room she notices the busts of J. S. Bach, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, and Glinka on the walls, and, greatly surprised, asks:
- Why only these and not also Händel, Haydn, Mozart and others?
- These are the ones whom I most revere in my art.
- Then you do not revere Mozart?
- Himalaya and Chimborazo are the highest peaks of the earth; that does not imply, however, that Mt. Blanc is a little mountain.