A Year of War and Peace+ Day 24

In which the Bolkónski family worries over Prince Andrew’s future and we see that some things are under our control and other things are not under our control

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War and Peace — Book One, Part One

Chapter Twenty-Four

At the appointed hour the prince, powdered and shaven, entered the dining room where his daughter-in-law, Princess Mary, and Mademoiselle Bourienne were already awaiting him together with his architect, who by a strange caprice of his employer’s was admitted to table though the position of that insignificant individual was such as could certainly not have caused him to expect that honor. The prince, who generally kept very strictly to social distinctions and rarely admitted even important government officials to his table, had unexpectedly selected Michael Ivánovich (who always went into a corner to blow his nose on his checked handkerchief) to illustrate the theory that all men are equals, and had more than once impressed on his daughter that Michael Ivánovich was “not a whit worse than you or I.” At dinner the prince usually spoke to the taciturn Michael Ivánovich more often than to anyone else.

A Year of War and Peace — Day 24

Good Grief, Part II

Yesterday’s reading concluded with the old prince calling everyone to dinner. Today’s reading begins in the Bolkónski dining-room as that dinner commences. We learn that in addition to his family the old prince, contrary to normal aristocratic social practices, invites his lowly architect to table. This, we are told, is to showcase his liberality and open mindedness. Maybe. The old prince does not emerge as too open minded and liberal in this chapter.

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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