6% done with War and Peace

I love how Tolstoy always takes the time to describe how and why things are. When the two ladies cry over the loan of money, Tolstoy explains they cry because they are friends, they cry because they are no longer young, they cry because it’s a shame to cry over something as base as money. No other writer does this and it’s beyond beautiful.

The dance with Rostov mirrors Natasha’s dance later: she just knew how.