And in this chapter, the only one aware of what’s going on and how it’s all shaping up is Sonya . . .

There’s enough intrigue and goings-on in this chapter that I really don’t want to spoil it for you, but I love the fact that Sonya makes her decision at the end of the chapter based on her love for Nikolay.

Still, the train’s well and truly off the tracks and heading down a grassy hill now . . .

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One thought on “One-Year War and Peace 8.15 – Only Sonya

  1. I, too, will avoid spoiling this chapter for anyone who is yet to read it – other than to say I thought it was one of the most dramatic chapters so far, in terms of the intensity of the scenes between Natasha and Sonya. And, as always, Tolstoy captures the little changing nuances in each of them so well – that odd but very real mix of strength and vulnerability in each of them, and the changing dynamics between them as they each desperately try to convince the other (and themselves, no less) of the absolute rightness of their position. But clearly, they could just as well be speaking different languages to each other – there is not really communication here: just raw emotion. But I guess that’s what happens when you’re on a train wreck!!

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