Reading for Friday, 20 March
In this chapter, Tolstoy tells us how Petersburg first thought everything was good, and then suddenly realised that Moscow was lost. However, in the midst of all that information, the one detail that is most shocking to us as readers is to find out that Helene is dead under rather sordid circumstances.
It’s rather a nasty way to go – but we certainly get the feeling that Tolstoy is telling us she deserved it . . .
It certainly frees up Pierre, doesn’t it? If he can get out of prison . . .