68% done with War and Peace


Tolstoy goes to great pains to talk about how no one man can really lead anything, especially an army in battle, so why is he so hard on Rostopchin? The wealthy were going to leave no matter what he said, and the poor, though he roused them to action, were not in any position to fight the Napoleon’s Army, no matter how wounded an animal it was. People were going to behave no matter what, so why blame?