Reading for Wednesday, June 10
Now, I must confess, this is the first chapter that has had me scratching my head a bit. I’m not sure whether it would have infuriated the 19th-century equivalent of feminists back in the day, but here we have Natasha who has devoted all her time and energy to her children as a mother.
Now, I don’t have a problem with this – what I find a bit sad is that it sounds like she gave up the sparkly life-loving part of her personality to do so. Surely, Natasha would be a Mum who was full of energy and excitement and would convey that to her children and those around her?
Maybe she is like that . . . but it does sound a bit like Tolstly is saying she gave up the fun-loving part of her nature to become completely family-focused. It’s just sad, because it makes being family-focused sound so boring . . .
Sigh . . . oh well. Maybe this is why they never filmed the epilogue for the Bondarchuk film.