Date: May 4, 1888
Time: Just before noon.
Place: Givergney, Claude Monet's estate 85 miles outside Paris.
Weather: A clear spring day
You see: Monet standing beside a pond of lilies.
Monet, an elderly man with a full grey beard, smiles at you. "Welcome! Traveller. I see by your expression that you are searching for wisdom."
"That is correct, monsieur. I come from a distant land. I seek knowledge of Impression, that marvelous style of painting that has made you, and others, so famous."
"Then come into my studio, and I will see what I can teach you."