Finally caught up . . . sorry, didn’t get a chance to post yesterday, so that’s why yesterday’s post didn’t go up till midday.
These chapters, which are somewhat shorter, are more little vignettes of what is going on in the lead-up to the battle of Austerlitz, which Tolstoy is already warning us is just around the corner. I suppose the thing that I’m noticing here is that the mood before the battle is much different than the one at Schöngraben. In Book 2, the soldiers were pensive, feeling the dreadful weight of the unknown. Would they face death? What would it be like?
But now that they’ve survived a battle and – much more importantly – now that Alexander is there to inspire them on – they can’t wait to get in the action. You can sense the excitement in the air, when a bunch of Russians up the front come back with their French prisoners. (That means, by the way, if you’re keeping up with Nikolai’s horse count, that I think he now has two horses. Little Rook got done in Book 2. He got his new one which he’s been riding, and now he’s just bought one from the captive Alsatian. Is my maths right on this one, or did I miss something?)
Anyway, you can all dream of the Tsar tonight, and I’ll see you all tomorrow . . .