Reading for Saturday, June 13
And now we have another (I guess one of the last) domestic scenes as the Rostov family sit around the table talking. Despite my earlier worryings a few months ago about whether Denisov was still alive, there he is – I really did read it fast last time, didn’t I?
I’ve never actually considered whether older people are less interested (or get more confused by) the people we’re talking about – but then again, it is kind of how we treat them, isn’t it? When we’re talking to old relatives or grandparents, we ask them questions about their day, we swap stories about aunties and uncles they used to know. Very rarely do we burden them with the worries and cares that might be facing us today.
So I think there probably is something universal in that thought.
Anyway, all of that was swept aside by the servant, Anna Makarovna, who knows how to knit two stockings simultaneously and then pulls one out of the other . . . a pretty impressive feat.
There’s a tutorial I discovered on how to knit two socks at once, but it doesn’t have the impressive magic trick where one is pulled out of another . . . maybe it could only happen in fiction. But I like to think that Tolstoy knew a magic knitter somewhere who knew how to pull off that trick.