Saturday, January 14, 2012

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War and Peace spoilers ahead!

These cruel pages describe the last days of Petya Rostov's young life. He is an officer of the hussars and a foolish child filled with dreams of heroism. He treats military life and the war as if they were part of a great game, but fails to understand that he plays it for the highest stakes. Dolokhov and he put on French uniforms and visit an enemy camp - a dangerous undertaking that foreshadows Petya's fall the next morning. -- Otto

Otto Mayr
from page 551-552, volume 2 of original text
made 11/25/11
Pevear/Volokhonsky translation page 1049-1051

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