Reading for Thursday 09/10/08
Here again, the novel cycles back on itself – we see Rostov again attempting to meet Emperor Alexander, with a whole stack of dreams in his head about what will happen if he does. This time, however, it’s not out of a personal sense of glory so much as his desire to help Denisov.
And, again, things are not as he expects. The Emperor does nothing “because the law is greater than he is”. I know we debated about this earlier in the book, but I still think Tolstoy portrays Alexander as being somewhat soft and useless.
Especially in the next chapter . . . which I shall blog about now.