Reading for Wednesday, 14 January
One of the questions that readers of War and Peace may have had is what Marya would be like if her father wasn’t around. In this chapter, we find out.
While she’s clearly grief-stricken, it only takes the threat of French occupation and she’s all action – getting ready to move out and feeding the peasants.
It’s funny, actually, because her strong anti-French position could be taken, not just as a general Russian feeling of not wanting to be conquered, but also a last instance of the personal grude against Madame Bourienne. Either way, we feel that Marya, while she may have some strange ideas, is only just starting to live for the first time.