Reading for Saturday 29 November
This chapter would be rather amusing if it wasn’t for the dire consequences we can see it’s going to have. Tolstoy gives us a bit of background on what Anatole Kuragin has been up to since we last met him. (Not much good, by the sounds of it.)
Oddly enough, while this chapter has Dolokhov in it, it never refers to the time when Dolokhov tried to woo Sonya. But I can’t help thinking that that would have been in the back of Dolokhov’s mind when he sees his friend keen on Natasha. By manipulating Anatole, he gets a double chance to have a shot back at the Rostovs (after the spectacular card game where he fleeced Nikolai, for those who can remember back that far).