65% done with War and Peace

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“As a criminal who is being led to execution knows that he must die immediately, but yet looks about him and straightens the cap that is awry on his head” FORESHADOWING!

Tolstoy is very sensitive to the fact that people, when faced with the terrible unknown, act in exactly the opposite manner as would be prudent. It’s like we’re trying to inhibit the inevitable by being aloof to it, as if it won’t notice