A Year of War and Peace+ Day 23

In which Prince Andrew returns home and we reflect on the sufferings of the world


War and Peace — Book One, Part One

Chapter Twenty-Three

The gray-haired valet was sitting drowsily listening to the snoring of the prince, who was in his large study. From the far side of the house through the closed doors came the sound of difficult passages — twenty times repeated — of a sonata by Dussek.

A Year of War and Peace — Day 23

Where they lay the shadow had forsook them

Good Grief, Part I

Nothing alters a man so much as grief. So says Benjamin Partridge, Tom Jones’s bumbling sidekick, as he reflects back upon his life so full of folly, woe, and sorrow. His life has indeed been punishing. He has plenty to mourn over. But grief, that great crazer of wits, exercises its power over the human mind not only by means of recollection of past anguish but also by projecting its dreadful torment onto the contemplation of future events. This anticipatory grief is the type that afflicts the Bolkónski home over the course of the next few chapters as Prince Andrew prepares to leave for the war.

Daily Meditation

That concludes today’s reading and reflection. Let me know what you think in the comments. I love talking War and Peace.

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