Thursday, February 23, 2012

Collage 688

We are in Volume IV, Part Four, Chapter XVII. Pierre is meeting with Princess Marya and Natasha. He recounts and his experiences as a prisoner, held by the French army. The women are sympathetic to his story and you can see that he and Natasha are starting to fall in love. They have always had a strong bond, but now things are really heating up. Pierre recognizes the deep impact that Prince Andrei's death had on both of them.

Pierre describes what he witnessed as Moscow burned.

'It was a terrible spectacle, children were abandoned, some in the flames... In my presence, a child was pulled out... women had their things pulled off them, earrings torn out...'. Can you make out the images of women and their jewelry? -- Lola

Lola Baltzell
from page 631-632, volume 2 of original text
collage, acrylic paint
made 10/28/11
Pevear/Volokhonsky translation page 1116-1117

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