Reading for Friday, 13 March
I know this conversation that takes place between Pierre and Ramballe is fictional, but I’m sure there must have been a few cases like that in the siege (if you can call it a siege) of Moscow.
I love the progression – we go from talking about Napoleon and all things French – and end up with Ramballe telling some off-colour stories – followed by Pierre telling of his love for Natasha.
It doesn’t really matter who he was talking to – the fact that it’s a French soldier just makes it more bizarre – but there’s something cathartic about Pierre finally telling the secret he has carried around in his soul, for at least the last few months of chapters that we’ve been reading.
And, in fact, if he loved Natasha from when he first met her, we’re talking about a secret that he’s carried around since Book I, which is a long, long time ago. (When we actually had 10 people reading the book . . .)