Margo Stewart,

You’re not alone at all. In fact, inspired by you, while trying to locate exactly what makes this chapter so poignant, I gave some more thought to the character of old Prince Bolkonsky. He seems, after all, to be the character most suffering. I added some stuff to the essay but I’ll share it here as well:

The old Prince rages, unable to accept what has happened. I think his major problem is that nearly all his striving is an attempt to impose order on a decidedly disordered world. His strict routines, his habits are all continuously upset by an indifferent, chaotic cosmos.

Best,

Brian E. Denton

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

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