Reading for Monday, 13 April
As we switch back to Pierre, we have another reminder that despite what goes on at the top levels of things, interactions between humans are far more complex and apolitical than we realise.
Here Pierre has started to gain respect and friendship with the French, and we finish with the French officer’s act of kindness to Platon, as he lets him keep some extra material.
I called this a vignette in the title – but really, that’s devaluing what this is. This is the heart of War and Peace – it’s individuals making choices that contribute towards good things, not bad things. These individuals choices – for kindness or unkindness – drive history.