A Year of War and Peace + Day 30

In which Nicholas Rostóv and his army buddies contemplate how to respond to a bad man’s bad deeds and we consider that though we will meet with such men often we cannot be harmed by them


War and Peace — Book One, Part Two

Chapter Four

That same evening there was an animated discussion among the squadron’s officers in Denísov’s quarters.

A Year of War and Peace — Day 30

νὴ Δί᾿ ὄρνις δῆτα. τίς ποτ᾿ ἐστίν; οὐ δήπου ταὧς;

Pride’s Prejudice

Early in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights Mr. Lockwood visits the estate of Thrushcross Grange, meets the landlord Heathcliff there, and is invited to stay the night because a snowstorm is raging outside. Later that evening, alone in his room, Lockwood is confronted by a ghostly female apparition identifying herself by the name of Catherine. Naturally, Lockwood shouts for help only to be accosted by his host Heathcliff whose company, Lockwood learns quickly enough, is to be avoided at all costs because he has the hygiene of a sewer rat and the emotional comprehensibility of a Varèse orchestral work. Still, Lockwood is intrigued about Thrushcross Grange so when he returns to his lodging the next day he asks the landlord there, Mrs. Dean, if she knows anything about Heathcliff and Catherine. Mrs. Dean, it turns out, knows the tragedy of Heathcliff and Catherine only too well. She shares their tragic story with Lockwood. In short, Heathcliff fell madly in love with Catherine and became enraged that she should love someone else, someone Heathcliff considered to be beneath him. And then everything fell apart. “Proud people,” Mrs. Dean foreshadowingly warned Heathcliff at the time, “breed sad sorrows for themselves.”

Daily Meditation

Begin the morning by saying to thyself, I shall meet with the busybody, the ungrateful, arrogant, deceitful, envious, unsocial. All these things happen to them by reason of their ignorance of what is good and evil. But I who have seen the nature of good that it is beautiful, and of the bad that it is ugly, and the nature of him who does wrong, that it is akin to me, not only of the same blood and seed, but that it participates in the same intelligence and the same portion of divinity, I can neither be injured by any of them, for no one can fix on me what is ugly, nor can I be angry with my kinsman, nor hate him.

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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