What will I say when Sokolov has passed? At his funeral. Something like this, perhaps. Sokolov is dead. Gone forever. We were rivals at the Academy. Yes, he was jealous of my agile brain and youthful energies. But he is dead now, and what can I say about him? Sokolov, he did improve on some inventions. He did well for himself, in his way. He had many admirers among the aristocracy, especially those who lack a solid background in matters of natural philosophy. He was a painter of portraits. They say his work was genius. That remains to be seen. Time will tell.