And here we have a very short, but very human chapter. I love this description of the conversation between Pierre and Marya because of the awkwardness that Marya feels in telling Pierre how she feels.
There’s something that I can completely relate to in this – does anyone else know that feeling? You’d love nothing more than to share how you feel with someone you’re talking to – and yet, there’s always that invisible barrier that makes us pause, rather than express what we think.
It’s hard to pin down exactly what causes this fear of other people, but it’s there and real in most people.
Also, in a larger sense of the novel, this chapter is a remarkable contrast to the last one. In the last one, everyone was being as fake as possible – in this chapter, we are in a far more real space.
Of course, this chapter doesn’t just work emotionally – plotwise, we see that Boris is now making a move on Princess Marya and that the engagement of Andrei and Natasha is still under a cloud as the 12 months draws to a close . . .