Reading for Wednesday, 6 May
Hi all! Ironically enough, the reason for my delay in posting on this very brief chapter about death was because of a birth.
Jackson Lee Hodge made his way into the world at 6.20 am Wednesday morning. Here’s a picture here:
So, yes, we’ve all been in a bit of a state of upheaval here for the last few days.
Anyway, Jackson and his mum just came home this morning (Friday), so we’re just getting used to that as well.
So if I’m a bit erratic with the old Tolstoy over the next couple of weeks, you’ll know why.
Anyway, which brings us back to this chapter, which I remember distinctly both from reading it last time and from the film – the death of Karataev.
Even though the description is deliberately vague, it’s the fact that Pierre looks away and keeps walking and thinking about something else that makes this chapter so poignant. The denial is telling enough of the horror of this situation.
In fact, it’s only the dog, at the end of the chapter, that is allowed to express the emotions that everyone else suppresses . . .