The work of Leo Tolstoy “After the ball” will not leave anyone indifferent! It is disturbing and frightening to read about a man who hides his true face under a mask of trustworthiness, kindness and refinement. It’s about the colonel.
At the beginning of the story, we first meet with him at a ball and see an imposing man who has good manners, is very polite to guests, noble and sensitive, such a “secular lion”. Such qualities are very rare in the military people, but we have the impression that the colonel is an exception to the generally accepted rules.
After a while, namely – after the end of the ball, we see the same person, but in a completely different role. This is a hard and calculating person. This is a dictator looking for the satisfaction of his ego. Here we face hypocrisy, meanness, the use of official position to enforce an unjust sentence against a soldier who has been the victim of a confluence of circumstances.
What was the reason for the Colonel’s anger? It’s very simple – the soldier gave a rebuff to the officer who constantly bullied him. Could this be the reason to execute a person who serves the Motherland by faith and truth? Did he become a bad soldier? No! It’s all about the lawlessness of ordinary soldiers and the permissiveness of the officers. All attempts to save the soldier from imminent death did not have any success.
The story “After the ball” left an indelible impression. All that was described by Leo Tolstoy in his work, we can observe in our time. How often do we face betrayal, indifference, injustice. At the same time, the writer has made it clear to us that one should not trust the first established opinion about a person. It can be so deceptive.