53% done with War and Peace


This is a fun chapter. Lavrushka, who is a bit of a scoundrel, acts the way Tolstoy believes anyone should act around a king: without caring a whip about how “important” the man is, but still humoring him. It’s funny because Lavrushka does “everything in a mean and cunning way”, yet he’s the first real Russian Napoleon meets. The Russians are coarse and un-European, and are unlike anything Napoleon has seen