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Tolstoy’s genius was in how well he understood what people were always thinking, and the mistakes most people made in their thinking. He observes how the Countess wrongly believes her daughter has no secrets from her, just as most parents wrongly believe. It’s these little observations which teach us how similar we all are, even in times of war. Vera (and Berg) are Tolstoy’s bourgeois; he liked serfs better.