Tolstoy sets up the peasants (Godsfolk) as being closest to God and a heavenly life, but I doubt they would feel the same way. They too are sinners, just like Andrei and Pierre and Maria. But is Maria any worse than a pilgrim? Is her being rich a bad thing? Is her education (which she struggles at; math, anyway) keeping her from God? Is this the struggle Tolstoy felt about himself? Is loving a person bad?