76% done with War and Peace


Tolstoy seems to think these dispositions being drawn up are done so with the naive optimism that the Army will actually arrive “at their places at the appointed time and [destroy] the enemy”. But he’s not giving the staff much credit as being humans and I think this is where Tolstoy’s arrogance hurts him. Plans like this are made not because they will definitely work, but because you don’t plan a failure