Before leaving Yasnaya Polyana to go to his death we are told Tolstoy sat down at his desk and re-wrote, by hand, like a schoolboy, a long passage from Socrates’ Apology. We do not know exactly what passage he chose. What interests us here is the very act of re-writing — not simply re-reading — the text in order to let it pass through the physical movement of the hand, reiterating the very curves of the letters, as if to memorize physically the movement of the thought itself. Tolstoy’s was a gesture of profound submission; of concrete understanding.
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