Markov had a peculiar method of teaching. Having listened to the term papers in order and heard out everyone who took part in the discussion, he started to talk. Occasionally he even reserved his closing remarks for the next lesson, and already having sounded off to our hearts’ content, we waited another whole week in expectation.
Markov’s monologue almost never touched on the works that were read. He talked about the effect of art, and not about our attempts to appraise that effect. He didn’t preach, challenge, or give us a sermon. Setting off from the proposed level of discussion, he led us to some other serious and important level. Between our inexperience and his experience, a strong field formed from with his pushing-off and gravitation. We involuntarily thought not about ourselves, but about the criteria for theatre and for criticism.