A Year of War and Peace+ Day 21

In which Russian nobility fights over a dead man’s treasure and we see that such riches will only serve to enslave them


War and Peace — Book One, Part One

Chapter Twenty-One

There was now no one in the reception room except Prince Vasíli and the eldest princess, who were sitting under the portrait of Catherine the Great and talking eagerly. As soon as they saw Pierre and his companion they became silent, and Pierre thought he saw the princess hide something as she whispered:

A Year of War and Peace — Day 21

Turn your back on it

Clarissa Explains It All

In Samuel Richardson’s Clarissa the eponymous tragic hero of the novel finds herself in a situation where she must either betray her family or betray her heart. Her family, the Harlowes, seeking that ever elusive ladder to upward social mobility within the sclerotic world of Georgian Britain, desire to marry her off to a man in trade for some of that man’s property which will, in turn, finally empower the Harlowes to join the ranks of the British aristocracy. Clarissa is skeptical. She doesn’t share her family’s conviction that wealth and class distinction leads to any sense of sustainable well-being. “Happiness and riches,” she writes to her friend about the marriage proposal, “are two things, and very seldom meet together.”

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