Now our characters are living through the sacrifices of love, both romantic and filial - the pain of absence, physical and emotional. Nikolai discovers that his mother's love is not unconditional, Sonya endures cruelty from her beloved countess, and Natasha loathes love as expressed in letters and longs for Andrei's company as he experiences the world and she is left alone.
The poem used here is Emily Dickinson's That I Did Always Love. Coincidentally, we are going to be working on collage with some students in Cambridge tomorrow, and will be using Dickinson as our muse! -- Adrienne
from page 669-670 of original text
collage, ink, acrylic paint
page 532-534 Pevear/Volokhonsky translation