There was no good way to say it, so she might as well get to the facts.
Maybe he knew it would do no good.
I'm afraid I have no good news on the other front.
There seems no good reason why in modern performances the pianoforte should not be used for the purpose; if only accompanists can be trained to acquire the necessary delicacy of touch, and can be made to understand that, if they cannot extemporize the necessary polyphony, and so have to play something definitely written for them, it is not a mass of interesting detail which they are to bring to the public ear.
Frustrating as it was - as he was - it would do no good to question him further.