3776. It was there in the ornaments department of the funeral parlor that Ivan met Harriet’s husband, at a time when he was there to make arrangements for Aunt Marfa’s funeral. He was introduced as the son and grandson of the creator of the famous equestrian statue that had been in the news of late.
3777. Because of that introduction Ivan was treated as a master craftsman, even though the work he was performing in the monument department indicated that he was not the master he was mistake for. Harriet’s husband, as we mentioned before, was not about to make any observations about the quality of Ivan’s work, since sculpture was all the same to him
3778. The painter Harriet’s husband invited to her birthday party was a different sort of person altogether. He had learned his trade in the guilds of the icon makers and was considered destined to become a true master of the art. Not content to utilize the tin stencils in use from time immemorial to outline the shapes of the figures in various icons, he drew his shapes from nature.