Now here was something I’d completely forgot about. For some reason, I didn’t remember that Boris and Natasha had this reunion.
Still, what a great chapter, eh? (Again, all the great things about long novels are starting to pay off – when a couple like this get back together after four years – it feels like four years).
I think the most amusing thing (in a black sort of way) was the bit where Boris (happily carrying on an affair with a married woman) considers that it would be wrong to lead Natasha on if he has no intention of marrying her . . . Where’d he suddenly discover his moral compass from?
But then again – it might not be a throwaway detail. It could actually hint at the fact that while Boris takes whatever he gets (whether it be promotion, fame, women, etc.), there are things that are actually out of his reach. After all, there’s something so innocent about Natasha (compared with the shallowness and unfaithfulness of Helene) that I can completely understand how he gets drawn in.
Of course, those of you who haven’t read the book are probably all screaming at the book, “No, Natasha! No! Don’t! Don’t!”
But we’ll just have to wait till tomorrow.