Reading for Tuesday, 24 February
I apologise for being so diabolically late with this post – I’m not sure what happened this week.
Anyway, we flick back to the Rostovs. I think ione of the great strengths of Tolstoy’s writing is that no matter what situation he places them in, his characters will always behave as you expect.
So here we have Moscow about to be invaded, and there’s not really a lot of difference from the Rostovs in peacetime. Count Rostov is dithering around, running late. Sonya is doing all the work. The Countess is being irrational. Petya is being impulsive. Natasha is just having fun.
There’s more an element of worry among the parents, but not a fundamental change of character.