Monday, October 31, 2011

Collage 573

We are in Volume III, Part Three, Chapter XXXIII. Moscow is in flames. Pierre is wandering around and happens upon a family who has gotten separated. They fear that one of their kids is in a burning house. Pierre attempts to rescue the child who he thinks is in the burning house, but later finds her under a garden bench just outside the house that the French soldiers are looting.

... the sensation of heat and smoke and quick movement produced on Pierre the usual exhilarating effect of fires. This effect was especially strong on him because, at the sight of this fire, he suddenly felt freed of his burdensome thoughts. He felt young, cheerful, adroit and resolute. -- Lola

Lola Baltzell
from page 401-402, volume 2 of original text
collage, ink
made 6/17/11
Pevear/Volokhonsky translation page 926-927

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