1) With the multiple deaths, this week started to feel a little more like Tolstoy was starting to wrap up some of his characters' stories. How do you feel about the way Helene's death was dealt with compared to Andrew's?
In Helene's (Elena's) death, her circumstances were "talked around" and never in an honest telling of what had happened. She lived an unconventional life. She was described as an "ornament" and "charming."
Andrey was a hero, an important part of War and Peace. Whereas Helene was just an "ornament" in the story.
2) I certainly wouldn't go so far as to call myself a Pierre fan but his experiences as a prisoner were quite moving. How do you think Pierre is going to fare as we approach the end of the novel?
Pierre's experience as a prisoner changed his life. His inward thought life, to his priorities, and future decisions. He becomes a changed person.
3) Now the competition's opened back up, who are you backing for Nicholas Rostov's future wife, rich heiress Mary or devoted Sonya?
4) The Rostovs have always been my favourite family in War and Peace and seeing them from Mary's perspective was a little bit sad. How is everyone feeling about how things are going for them?
I'm not sure how to answer this question... The Rostov family is not my favorite. I feel sorry for the things that have happened to them. The war has affected all of the characters; and the taking of Moscow for a time by the French, all has had difficult affects on the characters.