A Year of War and Peace+ Day 29

In which Rostov gets angry at a thief and we see that anger is the most self-injurious of emotions


War and Peace — Book One, Part Two

Chapter Four

The Pávlograd Hussars were stationed two miles from Braunau. The squadron in which Nicholas Rostóv served as a cadet was quartered in the German village of Salzeneck. The best quarters in the village were assigned to cavalry-captain Denísov, the squadron commander, known throughout the whole cavalry division as Váska Denísov. Cadet Rostóv, ever since he had overtaken the regiment in Poland, had lived with the squadron commander.

A Year of War and Peace — Day 29

Raging Bull in a China Shop

An investment in anger will put you in the red. Coriolanus’s stock still hasn’t improved since Plutarch compared him unfavorably to Alcibiades in terms of his ability to control that seething emotion. And even in Shakespeare’s play about the raging Roman general a character reflects that “anger’s my meat, I sup upon myself/ And so shall starve with feeding.” Even so, Nicholas Rostóv remains bullish about the anger market.

Daily Meditation

[Anger is] the most hideous and frenzied of all the emotions. For the other emotions have in them some element of peace and calm, while this one is wholly violent and has its being in an onrush of resentment, raging with a most inhuman lust for weapons, blood, and punishment, giving no thought to itself if only it can hurt another, hurling itself upon the very point of the dagger, and eager for revenge though it may drag down the avenger with it.

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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