I feel like I’m in some sort of surreal mental institution, like in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Again, the novel comes full circle on itself, and Captain Tushin – he of the brave stand with the artillery back in Book 2, who was rescued from disgrace by Prince Andrei – makes an appearance. Minus an arm.
And there is Denisov, still stubbornly holding out that he has done the right thing, not wanting to appeal to the Tsar for forgiveness, because it will mean admitting that he was wrong.
Again, I don’t feel like there’s too much I can add to this chapter, except that this is another example of where the epic novel starts to pay off. Because we have seen so much of Denisov in the book already – think little throwaway moments like his crazy mazurka with Natasha at the ball in Moscow – it’s quite a contrast and quite sad to see this energetic, life-filled man, reduced to an invalid under a blanket.
I also can’t remember what happens to him after this as well, which also makes it more poignant for me. (I’ll just have to keep reading, won’t I?)
I’ll do my best to get back here tomorrow, but the Festival kicks off in full force at 10 am tomorrow.
In the meantime, ABC Classic FM is somewhere in the 30s for the Classic 100 Chamber Music Countdown. There’s been some good pieces so far, but it can only get better, I’m sure. I’ve still got my money on the “Trout” Quintet being number 1, but I guess we’ll all know by tomorrow afternoon.