And now it all begins to slowly converge. The Rostovs’ mismanagement of their finances has now reached the stage where it’s impinging on the kids’ lives.
Back when Nikolai and Sonya were younger, even though there was always the talk about how she wasn’t well off and he was – our Hollywood sensibilities told us that love would always win the day – wouldn’t it?
But here’s Countess Rostova planning to marry Nikolai off to Julie Karagina. (Now, for those who can’t remember Julie, I think the only time she’s made a physical appearance in the book is right back in Book 1, when she and her mum came to visit the Rostovs for Natasha’s name day. Other than that, she’s the person who Marya Bolkonsky writes letters to. She’s not central, but she’s well within the seven degrees of separation that seem to exist between every character here.)
So, what will win out in the end? Love or finances? Nikolai seems to be trying to have both.
And then Natasha, after being patient for so long, is getting depressed. What I’m not quite sure is the timing thing. At the end of Book 6, when Andrei wrote to his sister, he said that he was six months into the separation.
This chapter said that Natasha was four months into it.
Are they in different time zones, maybe? I’m a bit confused . . .
But then so is everybody in this chapter.
See you tomorrow.