3860. The second story was about one Postnik Yakovlev who was said to have been blinded by Ivan the Terrible after completing Saint Basil’s Cathedral in the Kremlin. “Neither of these stories have anything to do with the architect Salvino, who was neither Jewish or Italian, and was born in Piskov, and whose mother was a serf, and whose father was a landowner,” said the sculptor.
3861. Everything the painter said was wrong, and everything the sculptor said was true, nevertheless, the result of the conversation could have been the beginning of a happy and fruitful friendship between the two artists. Instead the result was the opposite.
3862. As a result of their conversation the painter developed a loathing for the sculptor and it was simply because the sculptor chose to use a condescending and patronizing tone when he corrected the story. This superior tone was not necessary, but it is irresistible to certain types of people in a discussion.