Reading for Monday, 6 April
Just in case you missed the point of how useless generals are in the grand scheme of things, we get this little chapter. After a brief reminder that the upcoming battle was inevitable and that Kutuzov was just agreeing to what was already going on, we launch into the story of the messenger sent to find General Yermolov.
I’ll let you read the story for yourself, because it’s quite amusing, but it’s very clear that if the history books were to claim anything special for Yermolov . . . Tolstoy would be the first to disagree.
I did quite like the bizarre concept that somewhere in the no-man’s land between the French and Russian lines, there’d be a party going on. I’m not sure why, but it’s just one of those little details that sounds very, very true to life.