We've come to the end of this crazy journey. What is left for Woland to do?
Flames! Flames on the side of my face!The Moscow police are searching for the cause of the apparent mass hypnosis that overtook the city. All signs point to Flat 50. They surround the apartment and while at times the place seems bustling with life, when they investigate no one is at home. Finally, they break into the room and find nothing, except for a talking cat. Instead of saying, "Whoa! A talking cat!" they assume it's part of the hypnosis and start... shooting at it? This makes as much sense as you would imagine. I mean, if it's a hallucination then it's not real or it's a regular cat that they are shooting at for no reason.
Behemoth pulls out his gun and fires back. Somehow no one is injured, but he sets the place on fire before jumping out the window. He meets up with Koroviev and they set a shop and the writers' club on fire just for fun, before heading out to meet with Woland.
A Basement Apartment in the Sk-y-y-yMargarita and the master are hanging out at the old basement apartment. The master gloomily thinks of the future. The devil isn't done with them yet. Matthew, you know, from the bible, tells Woland that Jesus wants the master "to find peace." The equivalent of your parents taking the family pet to go "live on a farm."
|No one can leave the lovers alone.|
Azazello goes to collect them. First, he gives them poisoned wine and they die. Then things get confusing. Their clones or doubles or selves in another dimension die in Margarita's bedroom and the master's room at the hospital. Azazello revives the couple at the basement apartment and takes them to Woland.
They all fly away on magical flying horses, but not before the master says goodbye to Ivan. He tells Ivan to write the sequel to his Pilate book. I don't know what that would be, Pilate 2: Pilate Harder?
And it all makes sense...just kiddingAnyway they all fly to heaven, I guess, and Woland's gang (minus Hella? what gives?) turn into handsome men. Pilate is waiting for the master to finish the book (for 2000 years?). The master yells "you are free!" So, Pilate's fate all hinges on what the master says. huh. Pilate and his dog finally get to take long walks with Jesus.
Then there's some stuff about people being jerks to black cats, which I highly disapprove of.
So yeah, pretty weird. It's like a fever dream. I feel like Bulgakov was just tossing stuff into this book. I'm not sure what to make of it. I'm not a religious person, so I think I missed a lot. It's interesting that the devil here is a hero of sorts. He participates in giving the master his reward. It's not the devil of The Exorcist that's for sure. The book is ridiculous and I think maybe we're not meant to understand most of it. Did I like it? I don't know.
Thanks to Alice for hosting the readalong! I never would have finished this otherwise.