Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Heroism

"'Here it is!' thought Prince Andrei, seizing the staff of the standard and hearing with delight the whistle of bullets, evidently aimed precisely at him. Several soldiers fell. 'Hurrah!' cried Prince Andrei, barely able to hold up the heavy standard, and he ran forward with unquestioning assurance that the entire battalion would run after him. And indeed he ran only a few steps alone. One soldier started out, another, and the whole battalion, with a shout of 'Hurrah!' rushed forward and overtook him. A sergeant of the battalion ran up, took the standard that was wavering in Prince Andrei’s hands because of its weight, but was killed at once. Prince Andrei again seized the standard and, dragging it by the staff, ran with the battalion."

Note: The "it" Prince Andrei referred to was his defining moment during the war - the moment that would make him famous, like Bonaparte.

~ War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy

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