Simone de Beauvoir writes in The Second Sex (emphasis mine)

Lawrence adds that to merit this devotion, man must be authentically invested with a higher purpose; if his project is but a sham, the couple sinks into insignificant mystification; better still to enclose one’s self in the feminine cycle—love and death—like Anna Karenina and Vronsky or Carmen and Don José, than to lie to each other like Pierre and Natasha.

Having read War and Peace, it is not clear to me that Pierre and Natasha lied to each other so pervasively throughout the book as to merit Beauvoir's comment. How did they lie to each other?

  • Nothing comes to mind, but I'm re-reading it now, so I'll report back once I get that far... – LShaver Jul 7 at 14:41

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