SPOILER ALERT: Don't read unless you have read up until page 1 of Book 2 - The Golden Door in The Bronze Horseman. (53% on your electronic device.)
The entire time Dasha was dying I was like "Please. PLEASE! Let her DIE!" I don't think I've ever felt that way about any character, other than murderers and rapists (and maybe Rosalie Cullen). And I felt guilty for feeling it...but I did anyway! And I'm so STUPID - I didn't realize Alexander said he never loved Tatia because he KNEW Dasha was dying and wanted to give her - and Tatia - some peace. Wow...what a powerful scene. And I am positively giddy!
And that is so wrong of me...because all Dasha is guilty of is being a) a dumbass who wasn't very quick on the romantic uptake and b) a major beotch to her sister. She really doesn't deserve my death wish...oh no siree. Oh and c) akin with Leonardo di Caprio, now that she's slowly floating downward through the water like Jack Dawson.
And that is soooo ridiculous of me...because this book is only half over. So where Dasha leaves off, something - or someone - will come and take her place as the wedge between Alexander and Tatia.
And you know...here is something else. Tatia's entire family is dead (although I'm still holding out hope for Pasha) and all I can think of is "Oh yey!! Smiles and unicorns! Tatia and Shura can be together now!" How incredibly WRONG is that?!? You know how people always joke that they'll be driving the bus to hell? Yeah. You know it. Someone get me a uniform.