Our view of Napoleon is even worse: when we see him in his bathroom getting his plump little body rubbed down, it is hard to imagine him as the grand conqueror of Europe. One exception to all this is Karl Bogdanovich Schubert; interestingly, the subplot related to him about Nikolai and the stolen purse is the most similar to the subplots of Part I, in that it turns on etiquette and questions of honor rather than on military action. Natasha has bloomed into a wonderful young lady. Kuragin Family Prince Vassily A well-practiced courtier whose life is a series of political and social maneuvers to maintain prestige. Andrei recoups from his nearly deadly wound in a military hospital and returns home, just to discover his wife Lise passing away in child labor.
Mary and Nicholas feel the stirrings of romance. That is as true for the translator as it is for the first-time reader. Both couples have good marriages, and we get to see up close and personal how they negotiate power roles, parenting responsibilities, and how they deal with disagreements and miscommunications. Youthful Natasha, likewise in Petersburg, is attending her first ball, where she meets Prince Andrei and quickly reinvigorates him with her vivacious appeal. Petersburg, life in the higher social circles continues almost unaffected by the occupation of Moscow. They are upset that Tushin lost two guns, but Andrei steps in and defends him. Andrew, however frequently confined, is candidly emotionally honest and willing to look at secrets in himself, as we find in his confirmation in the novel that he is disappointed with marriage to his ethical and dazzling wife, Lise.
Which is obviously a big deal since the empress is married to the emperor of Russia. Nicholas is encouraged to marry a rich heiress, despite his earlier promise to marry Sonya. He is wounded during the battle. Chapter 7 From the rear guard, Nesvitsky watches the infantry retreat. With her fiancé gone, Natasha was weakened and almost ran away with the insistent high-ranking officer. He forgot his dead wife and began to think of marriage. Anna Mikhaylovna is dominated by thoughts of securing a good future for her son Boris.
Nikolai and Marya have a turbulent relationship. Pierre is nearly executed by the French, who accuse him of incendiarism. Kutuzov singles out Dolokhov, advising him to learn from his demotion and to work hard to advance back towards commission as an officer. The French leave Moscow, taking their 30,000 prisoners of war including Pierre with them. When they get to their country estate, the elder Prince Nikolai dies of a stroke and the muzhiks Russian peasants revolt and imprison Princess Marya. What makes this passage so moving is not only the drama of the moment itself, but the way Tolstoy has sensed it and captured it in words.
They have four children: snippy Vera, romantic Nikolai, beautiful Natasha, and boisterous Pyotr. The French start occupying the city. He and all these other dudes are going to be called princes, but you can just mentally swap in the title duke to get a better sense of their status. Chapter 2 General Kutuzov reviews the regiment and is favorably impressed, especially since he can use the sorry state of their footwear as the excuse to resist joining the Austrians. When he hesitated killing a French soldier, he was awarded a medal for bringing him back a prisoner. He has been transferred to the Pavlogradsky regiment because of the joke he made in front of General Mack.
Boris Drubetskoy Son of a friend of Countess Rostov who has been educated with the Rostov children. He knows all about the almost-seduction of Natasha. Countess Natalya Rostov His wife, a typical Russian noblewoman, whose main interests center within the family. He is Nikolay's mentor in battle and performs the same function later for Petya Rostov. The significance of their exchange points out the contrast between Pierre and Andrey. After some kind of weird, erotic Freemasonic dream, he does.
He looked helplessly on at the frightened, accusing, deathlike face of his wife, who seemed to blame him for her pain. His affinity for all creatures, like the little pooch going with the Russian political detainees, proposes that he too lives by intuition as opposed to by reason. Pierre comes to make her feel better…and falls in love with her himself. Chapter 3 Kutuzov and Prince Andrei meet with an Austrian general to explain why they do not want to take the Semyonovsky regiment to join the Austrian troops. He briefly sees Natasha and realizes how totally in love with her he is. The English-speaking world is indebted to these two magnificent translators for revealing more of its hidden riches than any who have tried to translated the book before.
Prince Andrei hopes to achieve a glorious career and get away from his wife; dreamy Nikolai romanticizes battle; Ippolit Kuragin wants opportunities to pick up women. Twenty-year-old Nikolai Ilyich promises his heart to Sonya Sofia Alexandrovna , his fifteen-year-old cousin, a vagrant who has been raised by the Rostovs. He also gets into agriculture and learns how to treat his serfs well, so they treat the land well. Captain Denisov initially accuses Nikolai and Lavrushka, but Nikolai knows Telyanin is the guilty one. Mary visits the Rostovs to see the wounded Andrew, and Natasha and Mary grow closer. Andrew is wounded at the Battle of Austerlitz, and though he survives, he is long presumed dead.
He tries to become a better man and has a lot of deep thoughts about what that might mean. Hélène Bezukhov has an affair with Boris Drubetskoy, who has rapidly elevated himself in society through networking and hard work. He surrenders his previous happiness and enters upon a philosophical journey. In 1808 a truce is called in the Napoleonic War. They have also taken in , a young, orphaned cousin a few years older than Natasha. As the Russian army withdraws, the French are about to enter Moscow. The town is in chaos.
Despite the bad situation, Prince Bagration has a calming influence on his men. Wearily the elderly courtier agrees to petition for her son. The drunken evening ends in scandal when Pierre and his friends tie a police officer to a live bear and toss both into the river. The cycle of life begins anew as Nikolinka, Andrey's son, comes of age and desires to be like Pierre and like his father. To fight and not to think.