Reading for Sunday, 18 January
And here we see Nikolai Rostov dealing with the “peasant uprising”. This chapter really just goes to confirm what I felt about Nikolai in the last chapter. He’s still the headstrong, crazy guy from earlier in the book.
Still, you have to hand it to him – a couple of punched noses, and tying up a couple of them, and he’s got the horse and carriage – and a rather wealthy heiress who’s free to do what she likes.
In the final section of the chapter, it’s fascinating how they both deal with their attraction for one another. Marya stares out the window and smiles, while promising herself that she never has to speak of it to anyone (and let’s face it, she wouldn’t).
Nikolai meanwhile gets a bit ticked off with one of his officers making a joke about it, because he knows he does like her – but what about Sonya? Can I say “Poor old Sonya” again? I think I again.