Reminiscences of Tolstoy
by his son, Ilya Lvovich Tolstoy
Translated by George Calderon
New York: The Century Co., 1914
Letter from Mariya Nikolayevna Tolstaya to Sofia (aka Sonya) Tolstaya. Page 388.
On April 22, 1911, Tolstoy's sister, Mariya Nikolayevna Tolstaya (aka Masha), wrote to Tolstoy's wife, Sonya. She was responding to a letter from Sonya. Mariya relates her thoughts on Tolstoy's flight from home in October 1910, his visit to her at Shamardino, his reasons for leaving home, and on his death. The letter is full of compassion for Sonya while, at the same time, acknowledging that something must have been wrong for Tolstoy have come to the decision to leave his beloved Yasnaya Polyana.