Reading for Saturday 8/11/08
Now I don’t know if we’ve got any animal rights activitsts out there reading this at the moment – Ian, you’ve got two small dogs, that might put you in that category – but we begin the famous Wolf Hunt set piece.
I think “set piece” is the only way to really describe this. Like the ballroom scene or one of the major battles, Tolstoy goes all out to deliver the details on this Russian aristocratic pastime.
He starts by describing the day. Nikolai’s dogs are keen to go. Old Danilo (or Daniel, depending on your translation) is gruff and ready to go. And so the whole family – clearly a day job is not an issue to any of them – decide to get dressed and go catch themselves a wolf.
More comments on that in the next chapter.