Thursday, 27 February 2020


Somewhat unexpected. From 'Resurrection' by Tolstoy, published 1900. The revolted Beh is actually the liberal hero of this chapter ("if he ever departed from strict neutrality it was always in the direction of liberalism"), a senator who wishes to grant an appeal against a ludicrous sentence that will send a prostitute, the heroine of the book, to Siberia. Slovo is "utterly appalled by all this fuss about a prostitute". Tolstoy describes Slovo as "a materialist, a follower of Darwin, and to his mind anything that smacked of abstract morality or, worse than this, religiosity, was not only contemptible nonsense, it was an insult to him personally."

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