Sunday, January 1, 2012

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"The yearnings manifest in a separate man are always magnified in a crowd."

Tolstoy is describing the French troops "going back down the old Smolensk road" toward home. The final goal of home was too distant, so everyone's desire to reach Smolensk was "increased in great proportion to the crowd". They "yearned for Smolensk as for the Promised Land". -- Trish

Trish Crapo
from page 525-526, volume 2 of original text
collage, acrylic paint, ink, vellum paper
made 10/8/11
Pevear/Volokhonsky translation page 1027-1029

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