Saturday, March 31, 2012

Collage 725

Tolstoy uses dreams quite a bit to get into the minds of his characters. Here is one of Nikolenka's dreams:

'"Father," he thought. "Father" (though there were two portraits of a good likeness in the house, Nikolenka never pictured Prince Andrei in his human image), "father was with me and caressed me. He approved of me, he approved of Uncle Pierre.'

Tolstoy keeps his characters so honest. It is heartbreaking that Nikolenka is a rather pathetic teenager, but he's so real! -- Lola

Lola Baltzell
from page 705-706, volume 2 of original text
collage, ink
made 1/13/12
Pevear/Volokhonsky translation page 1178-1179

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