Anger isn’t always wrong — Rostov is understandably appalled at the spectacle of former enemies…
John Kuti

Nikolai is full of contradictions; so was the greatest warrior of all, Hector, who knew that his baby son would be thrown from the walls of Troy, and his wife dragged off to slavery, even as he dreamed with pride that his son would some day be called greater than himself.

You must be right that Nikolai is not displaying his true feelings. I should like to think that Nikolai emphasized the duty of the soldier, precisely because he recognized, somewhere inside, the limits to that duty to which Mr Denton referred.

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