Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Collage 722

Princess Marya, my favorite character. She and her husband Nikolai are talking -- he is talking about his concerns about the farm, while she is lost in her own thoughts, reflecting on her feelings towards her husband, her own children, and Nikolenka, her nephew. She faults herself for loving her own children more than Nikolenka. He is an orphan, the son of her brother Prince Andrei and his long-dead wife.

"Countess Marya's soul always strove towards the infinite, eternal and perfect, and therefore could never be at peace. The stern expression of concealed, lofty suffering burdened by a body came to her face." I love Princess/Countess Marya, and religious imagery. -- Lola

Lola Baltzell
from page 699-700, volume 2 of original text
made 1/6/12
Pevear/Volokhonsksy translation page 1173-1174

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