Friday, February 29, 2008

Road to Calvary (part III) - post IV

The two strands of the story with the two sisters start to get to a stage where you can see them coming back together again with a possible happy conclusion.

Telegin and Dasha are comrades in arms fighting the Cossacks and thanks to good fortune are holding off the enemy and seem to be happily allowing their love to push out from each other’s hearts and flourish.

Meanwhile, Roshchin is moving further away from his White position and the more he has to justify his position the more it becomes clear he is not only confused but sick of the political posturing. He wants to find his wife and nothing more. At this rate he is not yet close enough to grasp her but it can only be a matter of time before they meet or news of the existence of her husband gets back to Katia.

The potential fly in the ointment is the arrival on the scene of the allies in the form of the French and British. Presumably these opportunists are going to be slammed in the text because they will fit uncomfortably in the context of the revolutionary war. They can only be seen as defenders of privilege and a way of life that has already ended but most, apart from Roshchin are unable to see that.

More to come…

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