50% done with War and Peace


How many loves that almost were never were because of war? Not only does the soldier die, but everyone at home dies a little, too and the world is poorer for having fewer bright young people in it. Imagine of Tolstoy had been killed in Crimea? What if Alain-Fournier had not been killed in France?

The war separates Pierre from Natasha emotionally but it’s also an excuse because they are afraid.