The noted violinist Fritz Kreisler was once asked by a society hostess how much he would charge to play at a private function. $5,000, he replied. The woman reluctantly agreed, with one qualification:
"Please remember," she pointedly remarked, "that I do not expect you to mingle with my guests." "In that case, madam," Kreisler remarked with a smile, "my fee will be only two thousand dollars."