page 189 of 672 of Empire of the Czar

Czar Nicholas carries on the tradition of Peter in telling absolutely everyone what to do and how to do it – even where to stand during his daughters wedding.

Custine notices how fake everything is, how like theater Russia is. This is such a theme in all Russian literature.

Custine says travelling to Russia is not enough to understand the nation, someone has to tour guide you; that’s on purpose, too.