War and Peace

War and Peace

by

Leo Tolstoy

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Marya Dmitrievna Akhrosimov Character Analysis

Marya Dmitrievna is a formidable, opinionated widow and Natashas godmother. The Rostovs stay with her in Moscow during the winter of 18101811. She purchases Natashas wedding trousseau and gives her advice about her pending marriage to Prince Andrei. She also shields Count Rostov from the full story of Natasha’s broken engagement after she tries to elope with Anatole.
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Marya Dmitrievna Akhrosimov Character Timeline in War and Peace

The timeline below shows where the character Marya Dmitrievna Akhrosimov appears in War and Peace. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Volume 1, Part 1: Chapters 14–17
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Later, the Countess sits with her daughters and guests in the drawing room. One guest, Marya Dmitrievna Akhrosimov, a rudely frank society lady whom everyone respects and fears, scolds the late arriving... (full context)
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...at the poised, grown-up way Natasha chats with the young man. Count Rostov dances with Marya Dmitrievna , and his exuberance delights the onlookers, who burst into applause when the performance is... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 5: Chapters 5–10
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...for Natasha’s wedding; Prince Andrei is expected back in town any day. They stay with Marya Dmitrievna Akhrosimov, an industrious, opinionated widow. After buying Natasha’s wedding trousseau, Marya Dmitrievna takes her goddaughter... (full context)
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...attempt to speak kindly to her; she says that now isn’t the time. Back at Marya Dmitrievna ’s, however, she sobs in her room, longing for Andrei, while Sonya tries to comfort... (full context)
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That night Marya Dmitrievna takes the Rostovs to the opera. Studying her lovely appearance in the mirror, Natasha comforts... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 5: Chapters 11–13
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After church on Sunday, Marya Dmitrievna announces resolutely that she’s going to visit Prince Nikolai and have a talk with him... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 5: Chapters 14–17
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The next morning, Natasha tries hard to act normal. After breakfast, Marya Dmitrievna calls Natasha and Count Rostov over. She tells them what happened at the Bolkonskys’ yesterday—she... (full context)
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...Anatole refuses to consider the future. After his troika driver arrives, Anatole speeds off to Marya Dmitrievna ’s. But when he runs to the back porch to find Natasha, he’s met instead... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 5: Chapters 18–22
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The elopement plan was foiled when, earlier that evening, Marya Dmitrievna found Sonya crying in the hallway and got the truth out of her. She immediately... (full context)
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...successful conclusion of his estate business. When he finds Natasha ill and sees Sonya’s and Marya Dmitrievna ’s embarrassed faces, he knows something must have happened between Natasha and her fiancé. But... (full context)
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Pierre has been avoiding Natasha, to whom he’s attracted, but when Marya Dmitrievna sends him a note, he comes at once. On the way, he passes Anatole, who... (full context)
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Marya Dmitrievna is afraid that, if Count Rostov or Prince Andrei learn what’s happened, they’ll challenge Anatole... (full context)
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Sonya intercepts Pierre on his way out. She says that Marya Dmitrievna has told Natasha about Anatole’s marriage, but she’s refusing to believe it without Pierre’s confirmation.... (full context)
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That evening, Pierre gives Marya Dmitrievna the letters from Prince Andrei. Natasha has gotten dressed and asks to see Pierre. He... (full context)
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Pierre leaves Marya Dmitrievna ’s, thinking about Natasha’s grateful look. He feels great tenderness toward her. Compared to that... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 3: Chapters 5–9
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...objected, they would appear foolish. The only one who doesn’t care how she looks is Marya Dmitrievna Akhrosimov, who denounces Hélène’s behavior in crude terms. Prince Vassily just tells Hélène to follow... (full context)