Reading for Wednesday, 1 April
I always think the strength of good characters, whether it be in novels or in TV shows, is that they can appear for a short period of time and they act exactly as you would expect them to act.
You get that with the Rostov family here as Marya arrives to visit Andrei. Each of them just gets a little cameo moment in this chapter, but everyone, from the Count to Sonya acts exactly as we would expect. The Count, bewildered. The Countess, delighted to see the heiress. Sonya, deadly jealous. And Natasha, sharing the sister’s grief.
Of course, we would normally be tempted to read these pretty fast because, like Marya, we’re all desperate to see what happens to Andrei . . .