. . . and so Count Bezukhov is dead (“at last,” some of you may be saying . . .). The motivations in this chapter are rather complex and fascinating. Did Anna Mikhaylovna just help make sure Pierre got his fortune so that she could get some money for Boris? (Considering the Rostov’s had helped her out.) Or is she less of a scab and more of a kind soul than we think?
When Vassily is overcome with the horror of death – and realises that it comes to get us all – is he truly grief-stricken and shocked, or is he just trying to divert attention away from the fact that he very nearly ripped Pierre off of an amazing fortune?
What do you think?
Whatever the motivations – this key chapter sets up Pierre with money for the rest of the book. Will the money change him? What will this newfound life of aristocracy lead to?
The story continues – change of scene tomorrow, for those whose patience has run thin . . .