Reading for Thursday, 12 March
And now the French arrive. Ironically, Pierre was out to kill their leader but his compassion (which was always bound to win out in the end) leads him to rescue a French officer.
Thus we’re left with a perplexed Pierre, wondering if he’s really on the side of the Russians, and French soldiers who consider Pierre one of their own . . .
Have you noticed how War and Peace has really entered another world now? After three quarters of a book of aristocratic houses and battlefields, this new world of deserted cities and occupied houses is a bizarre new setting. In this kind of world, anything is likely to happen.