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When the French are readying to execute the workman, Tolstoy writes how the man was at first uncomfortable in the position he was standing against the post and shifted a little to be more comfortable. This detail, in all its futility, somehow adds to the terror of it all. By showing us this inconsequential act we see how absurd it all is and how it could be for us in death- what more could we do ourselves?