Quotation by Minnie Maddern Fiske

I suppose that Paderewski can play superbly, if not quite at his best, while his thoughts wander to the other end of the world, or possibly busy themselves with a computation of the receipts as he gazes out across the auditorium. I know a great actor, a master technician, can let his thoughts play truant from the scene ...
Minnie Maddern Fiske (1865–1932), U.S. actor. As quoted in Mrs. Fiske: Her Views on Actors, Acting and the Problems of Production, ch. 4, by Alexander Woollcott (1917).

Fiske had been a popular and greatly talented stage actor since the age of four (when she used her birth name, Minnie Maddern). Ignace Jan Paderewski (1860-1941) was a brilliant Polish pianist and composer.
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