A Year of War and Peace+ Day 27

In which Kutúzov examines the ranks and we see the utility of examining ourselves


War and Peace — Book One, Part Two

Chapter Two

“He’s coming!” shouted the signaler at that moment. The regimental commander, flushing, ran to his horse, seized the stirrup with trembling hands, threw his body across the saddle, righted himself, drew his saber, and with a happy and resolute countenance, opening his mouth awry, prepared to shout. The regiment fluttered like a bird preening its plumage and became motionless.

A Year of War and Peace — Day 27

A Review How-To

In this chapter we are introduced to one of the novel’s few historical characters. This character is Mikhail Kutúzov, commander in chief of the Russian army during the Napoleonic Wars. Though Kutúzov does not belong to one of the major families of the novel, nor is he even a primary character, he will end up playing an important role in the book, particularly in the later chapters as he becomes a kind of symbol for Tolstoy’s theory of history. But more on that later. Much later. Like, ten-months-or-so-from-now later.


Daily Meditation

So as far as you can, then, be your own prosecutor, investigate yourself, function first as accuser, then as judge, and only in the end as advocate. And sometimes you must overrule the advocate.

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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