I really quite enjoyed this chapter as people around Pierre suddenly start to appreciate him. The odd thing is, he’s finally reached a point in his life, where people are accepting him and appreciating him – however, he no longer needs people’s appreciation to be happy.
So, in a way, Pierre is just happy caring for others and observing the human condition – and it is in doing this, that he is now attractive to those who couldn’t stand him. Certainly, to have him repair the relationship between him and his cousin (who we haven’t heard of since Book I, when he gazumped her on her inheritance) is pretty impressive.
But isn’t that true of life, though? Those people we get on with best are not the needy people who desperately crave our affection – but those people who have their lives together in some way. It means they might not necessarily need us around – but they’ll make better friends in the long run. I think. That sentence made sense when I first started writing it, but now I think I have to ponder it longer . . .