Reading for Wednesday, 11 March
And now we finally find out what Pierre’s up to – he wants to assassinate Napoleon. If it was anybody else, I’d say they’d kind of gone crazy.
But for some reason, Pierre flits from one idea to another so often, this one seems perfectly logical. Take out Napoleon and solve the world’s problems. I think it’s just the way Tolstoy writes for Pierre. While Pierre gets all the crazy monologues and ideas, Tolstoy always treats him with the utmost compassion and lets his thoughts speak for themselves. Is Pierre naive? Of course. But is he contemptible? Never.