The first thing I should do is apologise – work followed me quite severely home yesterday, so I actually didn’t get a chance to post this up yesterday when it was due.

The second thing is to apologise for the misspelled translator – it’s Rosemary Edmonds, the translator, not Edmondson. Not that it matters that much because Penguin Classics no longer publishes her translation, and instead publish the new Anthony Briggs translation.

But I know a couple of you are reading the Edmonds, so to continue:

Today’s Chapter:

Garnett/Edmonds: 1.23

Maude: 1.26

This is another chapter that brings us back to the awkwardness of the Bolkonsky’s. First off, Andrei seems disgusted by the rather affectionate interaction between Marya and Lise – but then seems rather fond of his old man – surely the man for which the word “curmudgeon” was invented . . .

Or am I misreading this scene?

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One thought on “One-Year War and Peace 1.23 – A Chip Off the Old Block

  1. The ‘young couple’, Andrei and Lise, have arrived at his father’s place – Andrei says to the servant (Tikhon) ‘you’ve grown old’.

    Well, what does he expect? These families with their constant demands on their household staff probably run them into the ground.

    Here are some characters to add to my count:

    93 plus . . .

    A gray-haired valet . . . The gray-haired valet was sitting drowsily listening to the snoring of the prince, who was in his large study. Is that the same as Tikhon? I don’t know, so I’ll count him as being (1).

    Tikhon – Old Tikhon, wearing a wig, put his head out of the door of the antechamber, reported in a whisper that the prince was sleeping, and hastily closed the door.

    Kitty Odyntsova – and that Kitty Odyntsova had married an old man . . . dunno’ who that is.

    Mikhelson –

    Tolstoy –

    About Mikhelson’s army I understand- Tolstoy’s too… a simultaneous expedition….

    Marlborough – *”Marlborough is going to the wars; God knows when he’ll return.”

    I’ve now got 99 characters

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