31% done with War and Peace


This chapter contrasts the sensible but passionless Berg with the passionate but insensible Rostov’s. Since this chapter directly follows Pierre’s introspection about what it means to be good we have to assume Tolstoy is trying to show us something. But is he saying it’s better to be sensible and boring or passionate and irresponsible? Neither because this is a marriage chapter so he’s saying middleground