Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Volume II, Book III, Chapter XVII

"If she goes to her cousin first and then to another lady, she'll be my wife," Prince Andrei quite unexpectedly said to himself, looking at her. She went to her cousin first.

Natasha is dancing non-stop. She is having such a good time, and can't imagine how anyone could not be. She is having such a good time that she can only radiate goodness. Andrei knows she'll be snatched up within a month.

Pierre, meanwhile, is distracted since his wife has reached a zenith in society. Natasha passes him sulking, worried, and tries to help him but saying what a merry time it is. She can see nothing wrong.

So we can go one of two ways - will the doom and gloom overtake her, pain like the pain Pierre is feeling, trapped in a bad marriage? Or will she have joy, and end up with Andrei, who we have seen has a darkness about him but has managed to work his way out of it?

Right now, she's sixteen, glowing, and having the time of her life. Love this chapter.

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