War and Peace on the Beach (pt.3)

Day 214

In ch.28, part two of vol.3 Tolstoy proves that the battle of Borodino couldn’t have been won or lost by the will of one man. The idea that Napoleon might have given the wrong orders because he had a cold just doesn’t withstand scrutiny. (From the viewpoint of 4338, this is precisely the kind of thinking we need to stay sane as we stand on the verge of catastrophe, this is a consolation. I know some of us would like the chance to live out our days, as the historian Tolstoy did 2 ½ millennia ago — but far better to realise that this is a dream, and resign ourselves to fate — nothing can avert the great cosmic forces that really determine events. Just remember that, even if given 80 years of striving and ambition, none of us can be any more significant than a virus caught by a footsoldier in an ancient battle.)

A visit to Julie’s House in Essex. (Remnants of this ancient mausoleum building have been removed from their original location at Wrabness and can now be found in the “fertility symbols” section of the Great Museum, located on 5th Line of Vasilevsky Island).

This is a continuation from part two. (Comments in brackets added by the author [deputy assistant poet] during the Month of Repose, summer 4338 with the kind assistance of The Permanent Learned Congress.)