And back to Pierre again, now recovering from an illness. It wasn’t actually till it was mentioned in this chapter, that I realised the cumulative death of Andrei and Ellen (Helene) really did rob Pierre of all the people that were close (if you can call his marriage close) at the time. So he is really left to work out his own thoughts all by himself this time.
But he seems wonderfully calm, as he tries on another way of looking at the world. This time, he seems to have borrowed Karataev’s way of looking at the world.
It reminds me very much of the religious debates about the nature of God and the world that have raged over the centuries. Pierre has been used to ignoring the real world for abstraction and philosophy (a very Greek way of thinking), but now he is seeing God in the real world.
It’s interesting, because Christianity (my religion) has always been somewhere in the middle – we believe there is something bigger than this world – but we believe in a world, created by God. The world isn’t God, which is where Pierre and I would differ, but it tells you a lot about Him.
We shall see where Pierre’s thoughts lead, but in the meantime, I have to run for dinner . . .