63% done with War and Peace

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Hélène might be stupid but she’s not dumb. Her manipulation of the entire Catholic religion to obtain her aim of divorce from Pierre is quite clever. It also shows how little love Tolstoy has for any religion, especially one so organized.

I think Tolstoy is also trying to show us how these upper-call people lack any scruples or morality, how money and false society rules them and Hélène is the poster-child