54% done with War and Peace


So the key sentence here is “Follow her into slavery! Pull down your houses and go into bondage!” They think she’s trying to turn them into bonded serfs. It’s funny and sad because of anyone in the novel she’s the most sure to actually want to help them and yet they distrust even her and she can’t make them understand. And this condemns the Russian system that turned the peasants so distrustful of the rich.