4% done with War and Peace


This is the first of many beautiful moments in the novel: the giving of money between Anna M and Countess Rostova. It’s complicated because it’s an unnecessary expense for the Count who is bad with money, but it’s vital because it’s the right thing to do, to help a friend. And this moment is the last real moment we get of the parents generation – it’s a passing of the torch, they know it, and they cry.