Another very brief chapter (they’re getting shorter and shorter, aren’t they?) as Tolstoy pulls out his flamethrower to use on any remaining historians who still think Napoleon is a great man, and that the escape from Russia was all carefully orchestrated.
Finally, he lets Napoleon himself have it – just in case Napoleon thought he’d done pretty good, Tolstoy reminds us no – “great” is not some transcendent category that lies above right and wrong.
Granted, using that logic, the question I have is what makes the Russians “right” in this particular case? (Apart from the fact they were defending their homeland.) I’m not sure . . . But I can don my Russian cap for the time being and feel the rage.
After all, I’ve only got less than two months left to go and the one-year War and Peace project will all be over . . .