Reading for Friday, 27 March

More a plot-driven chapter than anything else, but here’s Pierre, and he’s still in the same boat of not fitting in anywhere.

The French are more suspicious of him because he speaks French and won’t tell his name. The Russians can’t stand him because he’s an aristocrat. So his only real options are to sit there and think about life, which he does so well.

I also have to wonder what Tolstoy’s experiences with law courts were, because he seems extremely cynical about the course of justice, as it if only exists to get convictions . . .

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2 thoughts on “One-Year War and Peace 12.9 – Back to Pierre

  1. I guess it’s hard to say how much of Tolstoy’s description of Pierre’s interrogation here is intended as a commentary on the justice system generally, and how much is a description of how it worked during war. But, in either case, it’s a pretty terrifying scene we have here, with everything being steered in the direction of a conviction, regardless of what Pierre says. I might (againb!) be getting a little over-zealous in my tendency to see parallels, but I couldn’t help wondering if this scene was also another example of Tolstoy’s omnipresent view that individuals are powerless to change the course of history – it is something much bigger than Pierre, indeed much bigger than his individual interrogaters, that is driving things here.

  2. I’ve been watching Hugh Laurie skits on You Tube . . . they’re so funny. No – it has nothing to do with War and Peace; just recording my thoughts.

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