Reading for Monday, 30 March
This is another strange little chapter. Under normal circumstances, if you were arrested unfairly and thrown in a gaol cell with someone who smells bad and gibbers endlessly about this, that and the other, you’d be quite annoyed.
You’d probably rather be somewhere else.
But Pierre, after his experiences, views the meeting with Platon as a wonderful experience.
I love the whole flow of the chapter, from Pierre’s darkest depression yet in the opening paragraphs through to his joy at the end. Again and again, in this latter part of the book, we’re being reminded that all around us are human beings – all with flaws – but very much human.