"And I, " Continued Pierre, "shot Dolokhov because I considered myself injured, and Louis XVI was executed because they considered him a criminal, and a year later they executed those who executed him -- also for some reason. What is bad? What is good? What should one love and what hate? What does one live for? And what am I? What is life, and what is death? What power governs all?"

Here, written in the year 1864, we have the questions which fourteen years later produced a crisis in Tolstoy's own life and caused him to write A Confession. - A.M.