Sunday, September 25, 2011

Collage 537

"On waking up the day after his return to Moscow and his meeting with Count Rastopchin, Pierre could not understand for a long time where he was and what was wanted of him."

Into this confusion, comes the butler, carrying word that the widow of I. A. Bazdeev has sent a message asking him to come to her estate and take away the books, since the family has had to flee the country. Suddenly "..of all the matters that faced Pierre that morning, to him the most important seemed to be sorting the books and papers of Josif Alexeevich."

This struck me as exactly true of human nature, the idea that having one task to focus on can be a blessing—or perhaps a delusion, or perhaps both—in times of difficulty and confusion.
-- Trish

Trish Crapo
from page 329-330. volume 2 of original text
collage, thread
made June 13, 2011
Pevear/Volokhonsky translation page 868-870

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