“There is a well-known, so-called sophism of the ancients consisting in this, that Achilles could never catch up with a tortoise he was following, in spite of the fact that he travelled ten times as fast as the tortoise. By the time Achilles has covered the distance that separated him from the tortoise, the tortoise has covered one tenth of that distance ahead of him: when Achilles has covered that tenth, the tortoise has covered another one hundredth and so on forever…the absurd answer (that Achilles could never overtake the tortoise) resulted from this: that motion was arbitrarily divided into discontinuous elements, whereas the motion both of Achilles and the tortoise was continuous.”
What?! That’s nonsense. Stop it and get on with the story.
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Haha – brilliant question! I don’t know if Natasha is actually dark haired (I seem to remember that actually she isn’t…) but in my head, she looks sort of like Keira Knightley. And I can easily imagine Keira Knightley doing all of the stamping around and screeching/whining at people about their approach to boxing up plates. Pierre is more tricky. I can’t seem to get a handle on how Tolstoy thinks he looks physically. I get that he’s stout (because that’s all people seem to say about him) and not particularly handsome but not much else. Timothy Spall, maybe? Actually, the more I think about it, the more I agree with myself.