Reading for Friday 29 May
After far too long away – I return . . .
This chapter of Pierre preparing to go away was quite enjoyable, if only because most of us can relate to that degree of infatuation at some time in our life. Every little thing someone says reminds him of who he likes. Every phrase she offers is something for him to ponder and analyse to the nth degree (without ever getting sick of it).
So Tolstoy sucks us into this emotion, so that when Pierre has the conversation with Marya, we feel his elation that he is likely to be able to win Natasha’s hand. And, of course, when she says that sentence (translated in my version as), “I shall so look forward to seeing you again,” we’re over the moon.