When Leo found out that Kira had been Andrei Taganov's lover, he felt betrayed and gave up on his life and values completely.
Actually, Leo didn't do that, because
of what he had found out about Kira and Andrei. He actually did that before he had even found out (from a friend, Pavel Syerov) about Kira and Andrei. He used it, to spare him from having to face Kira and tell her that he was going with Tonia, which he agreed to "three days ago" which was, in the novel, prior to his knowledge about Kira and Andrei. I will however agree that he did feel betrayed, when he found out, you can gather that from his interaction with Kira, but I would have to disagree with you that that was also when he had given up fully. He gave up prior to finding out. (scene is on p. 422-5) Kira was always his "last hold on self-esteem", but he gave up before the knowledge of Kira and Andrei.
Kira never did explain to him that she had only done it for his sake (although she did love Andrei, too). I'm not sure why, perhaps because she did not think Leo would believe her.
No, you're right, she didn't and
, I may add, she didn't have to explain, because of this essential question she asked him:
"Leo... please listen carefully... it's very important... please do me a last favor and answer this one question honestly, to the best of your knowledge: if you were to learn suddenlyâ€”it doesn't matter howâ€”but if you were to learn that I love you, that I've always loved you, that I've been loyal to you all these yearsâ€”would you still go with her?"
I don't think she loved Andrei, as you had said in the above quote. The only time I remember her saying that she loved him, was when she lied to him about loving him, to be able to keep him around after he avoided her (because he loved her), so she could try to get money for Leo's betterment. Andrei was the last resort, and he was the one who had to paraphrase...more money than he could ever spend on himself. (scene starts on p.384)
This is not exactly the same situation as Guido-Vanna-Prinzivalle, of course, but there are certainly points of similarity.
Okay, some. I see Prinzivalle, as a Kira type, and I see Vanna with a touch of a Leo type, and Guido with a touch of an Andrei type.
Prinzivalle and Monna Vanna were both admirable characters. The father of Guido was also important.
Correct, he knew Vanna better than Guido did. He knew exactly what her answer would be to Prinzivalle's proposal as well, and Guido didn't. Marco, Guido's father, he actually translated Plato's three dialogues, and when he went to the camp to apologize for a death to Prinzivalle, Prinzivalle had read them and they talked of it. I think people have mistakenly labeled Prinzivalle as a Platonist (online), it was Marsiglio Ficino who was "the very soul of Plato born again on earth..." as Marco said of one other person in his tent. Have you heard anyone call Prinzivalle a Platonist? I just can't find anything that supports that. Just because he read the works, doesn't mean he is one.
Hey, thank you so much for all your replies so far, and all the extra information, KittyHawk!!
Edited by intellectualammo, 06 February 2006 - 01:19 PM.