John Kuti,

I really wanted to write a little about old Prince Bolkonsky’s liberalism in this chapter as it relates Marya but I decided against it only because I’m trying to keep these entries as short as possible.

In terms of Marya’s motivations here I do think they’re a stoic reaction, albeit a stoicism as filtered through her Christian faith. Justus Lipsius wrote about the relationship between stoicism and Christianity. I think he sort of gets it right. So while Marya may not be thinking directly of stoicism in this chapter, I do think she’s practicing, however filtered, stoic philosophy.

For my friends and family, love. For my enemies, durian fruit.

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