In this chapter, we see Boris Drubetskoy attempting some social climbing at Anna Pavlovna Scherer’s place. For those who’ve completely forgotten who Boris was, if you flick back to the beginning of the book, you will note that it was Boris’ Mum who first went to Anna Pavlovana’s place to beg Prince Vasili to get her son, Boris, a good spot in the army.
And then a bit later, we met Boris at the Rostov’s. Because he and his mum were poor, they used to live with the Rostovs, and he was Natasha’s boyfriend when we first met her.
Of course, goes to show how times change, doesn’t it? Now he’s risen in the ranks of the army, just by playing his cards rights, and sucking up to the right people – and here he is, in the very circle that made his mother feel like an outsider. We’ve effectively come full circle.
Under all this is the rather disturbing way that everybody encourages the rather flagrant flirting between Helene and Boris – clearly casting shadows yet again on her fidelity – but it’s Pierre who is the victim of all the gossip and talk! The Russian aristocracy can be a pretty merciless place . . .
In the meantime, completely different topic – have you noticed how in the space of about three months here, all kinds of momentous events have passed in War and Peace? Two battles, a wedding, a funeral, several soirees, and an episode involving drunks and a bear.
But what about your life? Has anyone had any momentous milestone events since starting to read this book? For myself, my milestone is waking up this morning and realising that I’ve been in this world for 30 years now . . .
Anyone else got any momentous events?