Well, here we go. In true epic novel style, the wheels have completely turned, and Prince Bolkonsky, once a total hermit and completely unpopular – is now the place to be seen in Moscow.
This chapter points out again the total hypocrisy of the upper class. It must be clear to everyone that the old man is off his rocker and most unpleasant – witness the story about the French doctor. But because of the growing anti-French sentiment, he’s all of a sudden become very popular . . .
The fact that Boris is there – and Boris only follows power, if you remember – is a sure sign. If we remember, the last time Boris was at a dinner party was when he was dining with French soldiers following the peace treaty at Tilsit . . .
There’s not really anything particularly uplifting about this chapter, and believe you me, times of change and trouble are just beginning for our Russian friends.