War & Peace Read-along: Week Nine, Book Twelve
Aren’t bank holidays just the best?! Two extra days off seem to make such a huge difference. And because I’m British, I’m going to mention that the weather has been delightful. I actually managed to sit outside and read yesterday afternoon, which was glorious. Today would have been much the same but then some friends came over and we spent the day sitting outside eating and drinking instead – what can you do? Still, I’ve pretty much finished this week’s reading I think so if I’m not completely flat out with work this week, I’ll actually get more time to squeeze in something that doesn’t feature Napoleon!
I’m dying to know what spoiler Hanna saw that has her so irritated! My prediction for Pierre, though, is some kind of underwhelming death. OR he’s going to have some kind of epiphany while he’s a prisoner and is going to renounce his wealth when he’s free and devote himself to whatever harebrained scheme pops into his head at the time. Given the amount of time we’ve spent reading about him, I’d be disappointed if he got the Helene treatment. Speaking of whom, I’m curious about what Pierre’s reaction will be to the news of the death of his wife. And her divorcing him and her affairs too, I suppose. It seems weird that that hasn’t really been dealt with so far.
In short, I don’t foresee a happy ending for Pierre.
Please, please let it be Mary! I’ve liked Sonya less as the novel’s gone on but I did admire her honesty where she was talking about being self-sacrificing and how she only really likes being self-sacrificing when it makes her look good. Fair. I’d been feeling a little bit sad for her for being thwarted in her romantic ambitions until that point but the fact that she was “giving up” Nicholas just because she thought that in actual fact he wouldn’t be able to marry Mary and would come back to her by default sealed me as a Mary backer.
I feel so sad for them. When Mary arrived and clocked Count Rostov as a worn out man, I really felt for him. He’s not great when it comes to estate management but I feel as though he means well and I miss the exuberant Count Rostov of the early chapters that could execute some killer dance moves when the occasion called for it. I never thought that I’d be hoping for someone to marry into money so that the family could be saved but I am. I hope that Nicholas marries Mary and that she saves the whole family from being ruined. But I hope that she doesn’t boot out Sonya in the process, because I like to think that they’re all better than that (other than Countess Rostov, who isn’t really in my good books). Natasha can shove off, obviously.