“How was it I did not see that lofty sky before? And how happy I am to have found it at last! Yes! All is vanity, all falsehood, except that infinite sky. There is nothing, nothing, but that. But even it does not exist, there is nothing but quiet and peace. Thank God!”
This is the moment the novel opens up to what Tolstoy wants to talk about – the BIG questions.
Andrei is a hero on a losing battle.