Reading for Sunday, June 14
I think this chapter is where the famous quote that opens the Bondarchuk movie comes from, but I’m not sure because my translation was not that good. You realise also that it’s taken a bit out of context as well.
At the opening of the film, the line about good men joining together to oppose evil sounds like a really noble thing. But in this context, it’s more Pierre thinking of a society that uprises against corruption in government and a weak Tsar. (Which, according to my endnotes, was to happen in 1825.)
Politics aside, this most unusual epilogue (which reads like a continuation of the novel, and doesn’t at all feel like it’s wrapping things up) showing us Nikolai and Pierre’s disagreement, and young Nikolai Bolkonsky’s desperate urge to cling on to something that reminds him of his father – anything at all.
I wonder if it’s young Nikolai’s relation to Andrei that makes Nikolai Rostov irritated with him?