The role of Dolokhov becomes more pronounced in this chapter. In fact, we realise he’s pretty much engineering everything just for his sheer amusement.
This chapter, again, has a fair amount of sly humour which – assuming you can enjoy it while worrying about Natasha, not to mention Andrei – is actually quite funny. Especially Balaga the horse-killing coach driver. Okay, so there’s nothing really funny about killing horses, but I don’t know – I got a bit of a chuckle out of it.
But the main thing to note with this chapter is that it’s the complete opposite of everything that Natasha is hoping for. Here she is, dreaming of this romantic man that’s going to sweep her off her feet, and here’s Anatole, Dolokhov and Balaga the horse-killer all planning to sneak her away and make a bigamist of her . . .
Can’t wait till tomorrow.