Reading for Thursday, 16 April
Another beautifully written chapter, where the greatest drama is actually taking place, not externally in the actions of the characters, but internally, in Pierre’s head.
You could either read this as Pierre starting to crack under the pressure or as him coming to a realisation that despite what people do, you can control what you think and feel and strive for.
My favourite line is this one:
He was afraid; but he felt, too,that as that fatal force strove to crush him, there was growing up in his soul and gathering strength a force of life that was independent of it.