Tolstoy did love the Stoics, but what I — and many other readers, I suspect — love about Tolstoy is…
Tatiana Kuzmic

I agree.

What makes these characters some of the most interesting in all literature is precisely that they’re all anti-stoic sages. Especially at this point in the novel.

Later, as I’ll argue, some of them develop towards that ideal though. We’ll see how as we move forward.