Reading for Saturday 30 May
Well, I don’t know if we’re going to be able to call this a one-year War and Peace if I drag it out this long. Anyway, back from an extended weekend on the Atherton Tablelands and I just wanted to take this opportunity to say congratulations to my sister-in-law and her husband for their wedding on the weekend. I certainly enjoyed it, and I hope you two did as well.
Now, back to Tolstoy . . . so here’s another short chapter with Pierre just feeling happy (with only the one doubt that he’s somehow misread everything and that he’s making it all up). Who can’t identify with this?
My favourite line was the last one in the chapter:
“Pierre’s madness showed itself in his not waiting, as in old times, for those personal grounds, which he had called good qualities in people, in order to love them; but as love was brimming over in his heart he loved men without cause, and so never failed to discover incontestable reasons that made them worth loving.”
I wonder how many people we might start to like better if we stopped looking for a reason why we should like them in the first place . . .