From Essays, by Thomas Mann
"Ivan Goncharov was once on the high seas during a violent storm. The captain had him fetched from his cabin to behold it: Goncharov was a writer, he said, the storm was magnificent, he ought not to miss it. The author of Oblomov came on deck, looked about him, and said: 'Yes, it's a nuisance, isn't it?' And went below again."
From Voyage with Don Quixote
Translated by H. T. Lowe-Porter