Maria Osipovna Knebel was telling me about Goncharov: “He was a strange man, I don’t fully understand him. He was sometimes despotic and sometimes gentle, sometimes guileful and sometimes plain-hearted… You know, for some reason he didn’t like to sit on presidiums! I saw it myself: in one meeting he climbed under the table.” I remembered that because I liked it. However, I can’t be too proud of myself, since I now I fully understand this aspect of an artist's personality. It’s more important, however, that Goncharov was beautifully understood by his actors. Whether he was affectionate with them or despotic, I don’t know. But Gundareva, Nemolyaeva, Lazarev, Vitorgan, Filippov, and Balter know that the Mayakovsky Theatre is their home, and at the head of that home stands Goncharov – and that is their theatrical fate.