Reading for Wednesday 5/11/08
And here we find Prince Bolkonsky threatening to marry Mademoiselle Bourienne. I must admit, there are times when I wish the War and Peace world was as simplistic as, say, an American feel-good movie. Rachel hired out the film Dan in Real Life, this weekend just gone, and we watched that. I won’t say anything about the film (which is actually not too bad), but in the first half hour it set up some awkward family/relationships which you knew were going to be resolved by the end of the film. Sure enough, by the end of the 98 minutes, everything’s good again.
But here, in the Tolstoy world, there’s no guarantee that old Bolkonksy is going to get any more empathetic as the story goes along. He could well just die a grumpy old man.
Certainly, Marya needs to get out of there. Her Dad’s threatening to marry Mademoiselle Bourienne. She’s now heading into a crazy fantasyland, where she dreams of hitting the road as a pilgrim and calmly dying under a tree somewhere . . .
This is probably the first end of a book so far in War and Peace where everything feels unresolved. Onwards to Book 7 then!