Well, welcome back everyone. I felt a bit naughty skipping a chapter of Tolstoy yesterday, so I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing.
Anyway, we get right back into it with Petya and his burning desire to be in the army. I think the funniest thing about this chapter (and it is meant to be a funny chapter) is the parallels that it has all those years ago with Nikolai and his love of the Tsar.
Nikolai would do anything and was desperate for that personal meeting with the Tsar (which ultimately never came about) and there is a very similar theme in this chapter with Petya hoping to walk right up to the Tsar and ask to be enlisted.
My favourite moment is the bit where he climbs up on a cannon, is looking down at the crowd, and can’t tell which of the four figures he is looking at is the Emperor Alexander. Ultimately, the one he ends up deciding is the Tsar and getting all emotional about is not the Tsar. Very amusing.