Now this chapter is gold. Firstly, because I don’t remember it at all from the first time I read it. (I must have been reading really fast by this stage, and taking less stuff in.)
For some reason, I thought Berg and Vera were just going to drop out of the picture.
But no! Here they are, opening their home for a soirée/card game – and it’s comic genius on Tolstoy’s part.
The feeling of superiority that both have over the other. The great desire to have their party look exactly the same as everyone else’s (that point hammered home repeatedly by Tolstoy). The argument over what they will discuss with their guests.
And who couldn’t help but be amused by the asymmetrical room?
I found much to chuckle over in this chapter, and to my delight, this particular soirée continues into tomorrow’s chapter. See you then!