|"Beginning... Beginning was different. The very picture was initially seen by us as desert, night, and travellers. Fine sunny weather was outdoors; therefore, in the sketch, one could see the bright colours of desert, languid night, and, on the background of this idyll, happy travellers walking along the moon path. But how unhappy were these travellers, when the sketch was gradually turning into the finished picture! At that moment, the brother's feeling was literally opposite to the initial one, a real storm developed in his soul..." The picture, which we see now, is a kind of compromise between two fighting thoughts and feelings.