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  1. 外围体育投注I believe the entire chapter can be summarized by the following passage: "In the battle of Borodino, Napoleon did not shoot anyone and did not kill anyone. That was all done by his soldiers. Which means it was not he who killed people." What are your thoughts on this passage? Do you agree with Tolstoy that 'great men' ultimately control nothing in the course of human history?

Final Line of Today's Chapter (Maude):

“He did nothing to harm the course of the battle; he bowed to the more well-reasoned opinions; he caused no confusion, did not contradict himself, did not get frightened, and did not run away from the battlefield, but with his great tact and experience of war calmly and worthily fulfilled his role of seeming to command.”

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  1. This chapter seems to present the intersection of Tolstoy’s historical thought and Napoleon’s actions. Why is this chapter necessary? What does Tolstoy think of Napoleon’s actions. How does this chapter fit within the broader context of the entire book?

Final Line of Today's Chapter (Briggs):

“...and not a single instruction issued by him during the battle could possibly have been carried out”

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  1. 外围体育投注What do you think of Tolstoy’s characterization of Napoleon in this chapter? What do you think his purpose was in including these particular details?

  2. Which of the details did you find most ridiculous? Do you think this was a fair portrait of the emperor?

  3. Were there any parallels between the public display of Napoleon’s son’s portrait and the the “Smolenskaya Mother of God” parade and prayer service in the Russian camp?

Final Line of Today's Chapter (Maude):

De Beausset closed his eyes, bowed his head, and sighed deeply, to indicate how profoundly he valued and comprehended the Emperor’s words.

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and for this chapter

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外围体育投注No questions today, apologies! Perhaps a point of discussion can be - is anyone else struggling to keep up at the moment, like me? XD

Final Line of Today's Chapter (Maude):

Prince Andrew jumped up as if someone had burned him, and again began pacing up and down in front of the shed.

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  1. Why are these thoughts and questions striking Andrei now? Do you think they will impact his actions in the battle?

  2. 外围体育投注What is Pierre's impression of his relationship with Andrei? Does he know why Andrei isn't happy to see him?

Final Line of Today's Chapter (Maude):

"They have gone to your estate near Moscow.”

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  1. 外围体育投注Why do you think Pierre was unable to follow what was being said?

  2. Why do you think Bennigsen moved the soldiers?

Final Line of Today's Chapter (Maude):

Bennigsen did not know this and moved the troops forward according to his own ideas without mentioning the matter to the commander in chief.

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