Emma Watson Pussy
War And Peace
woman I would do so, Mary. That is a womans virtue.
But a man should not and cannot forgive and forget," he replied, and
though till that moment he had not been thinking of Kuragin, all his
unexpended anger suddenly swelled up in his heart.
"If Mary is already persuading me forgive, it means that I ought
long ago to have punished him," he thought. And giving her no
further reply, he began thinking of the glad vindictive moment when he
would meet Kuragin who he knew was now in the army.
Princess Mary begged him to stay one day more, saying that she
knew how unhappy her father would be if Andrew left without being
reconciled to him, but Prince Andrew replied that he would probably
soon be back again from the army and would certainly write to his
father, but that the longer he stayed now the more embittered their
differences would become.
"Good-by, Andrew! Remember that misfortunes come from God, and men
are never to blame," were the last words he heard from his sister when
he took leave of her.
"Then it must be so!" thought Prince Andrew as he drove out of the
avenue from the house at Bald Hills. "She, poor innocent creature,
is left to be victimized by an old man who has outlived his wits.
The old man feels he is guilty, but cannot change himself. My boy is
growing up and rejoices in life, in which like everybody else he
will deceive or be deceived. And I am off to the army. Why? I myself
dont know. I want to meet that man whom I despise, so as to give
him a chance to kill and laugh at me!"
These conditions of life had been the same before, but then they
were all connected, while now they had all tumbled to pieces. Only
senseless things, lacking coherence, presented themselves one after
another to Prince Andrews mind.
Prince Andrew reached the general headquarters of the army at the
end of June. The first army, with which was the Emperor, occupied
the fortified camp at Drissa; the second army was retreating, trying
to effect a junction with the first one from which it was said to be
cut off by large French forces. Everyone was dissatisfied with the
general course of affairs in the Russian army, but no one
anticipated any danger of invasion of the Russian provinces, and no
one thought the war would extend farther than the western, the Polish,
Prince Andrew found Barclay de Tolly, to whom he had been assigned, on
the bank of the Drissa. As there was not a single town or large
village in the vicinity of the camp, the immense number of generals
and courtiers accompanying the army were living in the best houses of
the villages on both sides of the river, over a radius of six miles.
Barclay de Tolly was quartered nearly three miles from the Emperor. He
received Bolkonski stiffly and coldly and told him in his foreign
accent that he would mention him to the Emperor for a decision as to
his employment, but asked him meanwhile to remain on his staff.
Anatole Kuragin, whom Prince Andrew had hoped to find with the army,
was not there. He had gone to Petersburg, but Prince Andrew was glad
to hear this. His mind was occupied by the interests of the center
that was conducting a gigantic war, and he was glad to be free for a
while from the distraction caused by the thought of Kuragin. During
the first four days, while no duties were required of him, Prince
Andrew rode round the whole fortified camp and, by the aid of his own
knowledge and by talks with experts, tried to form a definite opinion
about it. But the question whether the camp was advantageous or
disadvantageous remained for him undecided. Already from his military
experience and what he had seen in the Austrian campaign, he had come
to the conclusion that in war the most deeply considered plans have no
significance and that all depends on the way unexpected movements of
the enemy--that cannot be foreseen--are met, and on how and by whom
the whole matter is handled. To clear up this last point for himself,
Prince Andrew, utilizing his position and acquaintances, tried to
fathom the character of the control of the army and of the men and
parties engaged in it, and he deduced for himself the following of the
state of affairs.
While the Emperor had still been at Vilna, the
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