20% done with War and Peace


The way Tolstoy stages the duel is very cinematic, as is all his action imagery. Here he uses the mist as a waypoint for us to sense the movement of the duelists as they near each other in the snow. Movement is very important here, not only physically, but also emotionally as Dolokhov is humiliated in defeat, and Pierre is humiliated in victory. This will change Pierre’s life and set him on the better path