"She had more or less the same effect on other people but there was no applause for her or complimentary speeches, which are not the custom here. Everybody knows how to evaluate their own art. A poor musician doesn’t torture the ears of listeners, and a good one doesn’t wait for the audience to beg him to play. Actually music is part of general upbringing here. It’s as important as reading and writing and just as essential. They sometimes play other people’s music, but usually, and especially women like the beauty I described, they improvise without being asked and whenever they feel inspired to play."
"The Year 4338: Petersburg Letters"