War and Peace

War and Peace

by

Leo Tolstoy

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Natasha Rostov Character Analysis

Natasha, daughter of the Count and Countess Rostov, is an irrepressibly lively young girl who charms people even when her impulsive behavior breaches noble social norms. Natasha throws herself wholeheartedly into the things and people she cares about, whether it’s singing, a religiously pious phase, a romance, or a rescue effort for wounded soldiers. She is 13 when the novel begins, and it’s no secret that she is her parents’ favorite. As a young teen, she has a crush on Boris Drubetskoy, though Countess Rostov discourages the courtship. When she’s a little older, having officially come out in society and enchanted many with her precocious grace, she also turns down a marriage proposal from Denisov. After a brief renewal of her flirtation with Boris, Natasha is courted by Prince Andrei after her first grand ball, and they quickly get engaged, as Andrei finds Natasha’s joyful embrace of life intoxicating. However, while in Moscow preparing for her wedding, she develops a sudden, confusing passion for Anatole Kuragin and calls off the engagement. After her planned elopement with Anatole fails, she falls ill from heartbreak for a time. She meets Prince Andrei again after his injury at Borodino and tenderly nurses him night and day. After Andrei’s death, Natasha feels her life is over, but caring for the Countess after Petya’s death revives her. Despite getting off on the wrong foot during her engagement, she and Princess Marya become dear friends in their shared grief for Andrei. Softened and matured by grief, Natasha listens to Pierre’s stories (he’s long been her confidant) with a new sensitivity and understanding, and she quickly reciprocates his love. They marry in 1813 and, by 1820, they have three daughters and a son together. As a wife and mother, she defies social expectations by dedicating herself exclusively, even obsessively, to her family and no longer caring what others think of her.

Natasha Rostov Quotes in War and Peace

The War and Peace quotes below are all either spoken by Natasha Rostov or refer to Natasha Rostov. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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Volume 2, Part 3: Chapters 1–6 Quotes

The old oak, quite transformed, spreading out a canopy of juicy, dark greenery, basked, barely swaying, in the rays of the evening sun. Of the gnarled fingers, the scars, the old grief and mistrust— nothing could be seen. Juicy green leaves without branches broke through the stiff, hundred-year-old bark, and it was impossible to believe that this old fellow had produced them. “Yes, it’s the same oak,” thought Prince Andrei, and suddenly a causeless springtime feeling of joy and renewal came over him. All the best moments of his life suddenly recalled themselves to him at the same time. Austerlitz with the lofty sky, and the dead, reproachful face of his wife, and Pierre on the ferry, and a girl excited by the beauty of the night, and that night itself, and the moon— all of it suddenly recalled itself to him.

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Page Number: 423
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Volume 2, Part 3: Chapters 23–26 Quotes

“Forgive me,” said Prince Andrei, “but you’re so young, and I’ve already experienced so much of this life. I fear for you. You don’t know yourself.”

Natasha listened with concentrated attention, trying to understand the meaning of his words, and not understanding.

“Hard as this year that postpones my happiness will be for me,” Prince Andrei went on, “during this time you will test yourself. I ask you to make me happy in a year; but you’re free: our engagement will remain a secret, and if you become convinced that you don’t love me, or that you love ...” Prince Andrei said with an unnatural smile.

“Why are you saying this?” Natasha interrupted him. “You know I’ve loved you from the very day you first came to Otradnoe,” she said, firmly convinced that she was speaking the truth.

Related Characters: Prince Andrei Bolkonsky (speaker), Natasha Rostov (speaker)
Page Number: 479
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Volume 2, Part 4: Chapters 7–13 Quotes

Where, how, and when had this little countess, brought up by an émigré Frenchwoman, sucked this spirit in from the Russian air she breathed, where had she gotten these ways[?] Yet that spirit and these ways were those very inimitable, unstudied Russian ones which the uncle expected of her. […]

She did it exactly right, and so precisely, so perfectly precisely, that Anisya Fyodorovna, who at once handed Natasha the kerchief she needed for it, wept through her laughter, looking at this slender, graceful countess, brought up in silk and velvet, so foreign to her, who was able to understand everything that was in Anisya and in Anisya’s father, and in her aunt, and in her mother, and in every Russian.

Related Characters: Natasha Rostov, Anisya Fyodorovna
Page Number: 512
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Volume 2, Part 5: Chapters 5–10 Quotes

The curtain rose again. Anatole left the box calm and cheerful. Natasha returned to her father’s box, now totally subjected to the world she was in. Everything that was happening before her now seemed perfectly natural to her; but instead all her former thoughts about her fiancé, about Princess Marya, about country life, never once entered her head, as if it was all long ago, long past.

In the fourth act there was a devil, who sang, waving his arm, until the boards were pulled out from under him, and he sank down below. That was all Natasha saw of the fourth act: something excited and tormented her, and the cause of it was Kuragin, whom she involuntarily followed with her eyes.

Page Number: 566
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Volume 3, Part 1: Chapters 16–18 Quotes

[A] new feeling of humility would come over Natasha before the great, the unknowable, when at this unaccustomed hour of morning, looking at the blackened face of the Mother of God lit by candles and the light of morning coming from the window, she listened to the words of the service, which she tried to follow and understand. When she understood them, her personal feeling, with its nuances, joined with her prayer; when she did not, the sweeter it was for her to think that the wish to understand everything was pride, that it was impossible to understand everything, that she only had to believe and give herself to God, who in those moments— she felt— was guiding her soul. […] Natasha experienced a new feeling of the possibility of correcting her vices and the possibility of a new, pure life and happiness.

Related Characters: Natasha Rostov
Page Number: 659
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Volume 3, Part 2: Chapters 36–39 Quotes

In the unfortunate, sobbing, exhausted man whose leg had just been removed, he recognized Anatole Kuragin. […] Anatole was sobbing deeply. “Yes, it’s he; yes, this man is closely and painfully connected with me by something,” thought Prince Andrei, not yet understanding clearly what he saw before him. […] And suddenly a new and unexpected memory from the world of childhood, purity, and love came to Prince Andrei. He remembered Natasha as he had seen her for the first time at the ball in 1810, with her slender neck and arms, with her frightened, happy face ready for rapture, and in his soul love and tenderness for her awakened, stronger and more alive than ever. He now remembered the connection between him and this man, who was looking at him dully through the tears that filled his swollen eyes. Prince Andrei remembered everything, and a rapturous pity and love for this man filled his happy heart.

Related Characters: Prince Andrei Bolkonsky (speaker), Anatole Kuragin, Natasha Rostov
Page Number: 814
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Volume 4, Part 4: Chapters 1–3 Quotes

Morally bowed down and shutting their eyes to the menacing cloud of death that hung over them, they did not dare to look life in the face. They carefully protected their open wounds from any offensive, painful touch. Everything— a carriage driving quickly down the street, a reminder of dinner, a maid’s question about what dress to prepare; still worse, a word of insincere, weak sympathy— everything painfully irritated the wound, seemed offensive, and violated the necessary quiet in which they both tried to listen to the dread, stern choir not yet silenced in their imagination, and prevented them from peering into those mysterious, infinite distances which for a moment had opened before them.

Page Number: 1075
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The wound in the mother’s soul could not heal. Petya’s death tore away half of her life. A month after the news of Petya’s death, which had found her a fresh and cheerful fifty-year-old woman, she came out of her room an old woman— half-dead and taking no part in life. But the same wound that half killed the countess, this new wound called Natasha to life. […]

[A] wound in the soul, like a physical wound, can be healed only by the force of life pushing up from inside. This was the way Natasha’s wound healed. She thought her life was over. But suddenly her love for her mother showed her that the essence of life— love— was still alive in her. Love awoke, and life awoke.

Page Number: 1080
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Volume 4, Part 4: Chapters 15–20 Quotes

Pierre told of his adventures as he had never told them to anyone, as he had never yet recalled them to himself. It was as if he now saw a new significance in everything he had lived through. […] Natasha, not knowing it herself, was all attention: she did not miss a word of Pierre’s, not a waver in his voice, not a glance, not the twitch of a facial muscle, not a gesture. She caught the not-yet-spoken word in flight and brought it straight into her open heart, guessing the secret meaning of all Pierre’s inner work.

Related Characters: Pierre Bezukhov, Natasha Rostov
Page Number: 1117
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Epilogue, Part 1: Chapters 8–16 Quotes

She, as they put it, let herself go. Natasha took no trouble either about her manners, or about the delicacy of her speech, or about showing herself to her husband in the most advantageous poses, or about her toilette, or about not hampering her husband with her demands. She did everything contrary to these rules. […]

The subject that absorbed Natasha fully was her family— that is, her husband, who had to be kept in such a way as to belong entirely to her, to the household; and her children, whom she had to carry, give birth to, nurse, and bring up.

Related Characters: Natasha Rostov, Pierre Bezukhov
Page Number: 1155
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Natasha Rostov Character Timeline in War and Peace

The timeline below shows where the character Natasha Rostov appears in War and Peace. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Volume 1, Part 1: Chapters 7–11
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Suddenly 13-year-old Natasha runs in, carrying something in her skirt. She is neither a child nor yet a... (full context)
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...this dangerous age cause their parents much anxiety. She is being less strict with young Natasha than she was with her elder daughter, Vera, so that Natasha will continue to confide... (full context)
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Natasha runs to the conservatory and hides among the plants, waiting impatiently for Boris to find... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 1: Chapters 14–17
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...defends the war with awkward warmth, earning praise from Julie Karagin (which makes Sonya blush). Natasha, dared by her little brother Petya, speaks out of turn, demanding to know what they’re... (full context)
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...into groups to play cards, and the young people gather around the clavichord and harp. Natasha is asked to sing, but she runs to find Sonya first and discovers her friend... (full context)
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Later, during the dancing, Natasha claims Pierre as her dance partner, and the countess marvels at the poised, grown-up way... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 3: Chapters 6–9
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...then promoted. Anna Mikhailovna offers to spend the day preparing the Countess for the news. Natasha persuades Anna Mikhailovna to tell her the news first, swears not to tell, then immediately... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 1: Chapters 1–6
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...at him. The Countess weeps on Nikolai’s new Hungarian jacket. Denisov comes in unnoticed, until Natasha shrieks and hugs him, embarrassing everyone. Rostov spends the evening happily basking in his family’s... (full context)
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...morning, Nikolai and Denisov oversleep, and Nikolai’s little brother Petya bursts into their bedroom, leaving Natasha and Sonya laughing at the brief, forbidden glimpse of the men. Nikolai comes out in... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 1: Chapters 10–16
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...of the happiest in Nikolai’s life. Because of so many young, eligible girls—Vera, Sonya, and Natasha—there’s a romantic atmosphere in their home. When Nikolai brings Dolokhov home for a visit, Natasha... (full context)
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...Sonya and Dolokhov and realizes something must have happened between them. After dinner, he takes Natasha aside to find out. Natasha triumphantly tells him that Dolokhov proposed to Sonya. Though Nikolai... (full context)
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...the dancing-master, throws a ball, which is an extremely popular event with teenage girls. It’s Natasha’s first time wearing a long gown, and she enraptures everyone she meets. Eventually Natasha dances... (full context)
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...the household gathered around the piano; Denisov is playing and singing an original song to Natasha, who looks scared and happy. Though briefly distracted by his sister’s beautiful singing, Nikolai forces... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Natasha runs to the countess and announces that Denisov has proposed to her. The countess can’t... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 3: Chapters 1–6
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Later, as Prince Andrei sits through Count Rostov’s dull entertainments, he keeps glancing at Natasha. Unable to sleep that night, he opens his window and gazes at the full moon... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 3: Chapters 11–17
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Natasha is now 16. Since she first kissed Boris four years ago, she hasn’t seen him... (full context)
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Boris still thinks of Natasha as a mischievous little girl, so when he sees how she’s matured, he’s pleasantly surprised.... (full context)
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One evening, Natasha bursts into Countess Rostov’s room, interrupting her mother’s bedtime prayers. Unable to scold her daughter—they... (full context)
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...invited, too, because the Countess is friends with a lady-in-waiting of the old court. It’s Natasha’s first grand ball, and all day long, she’s been feverishly perfecting her mother’s, Sonya’s, and... (full context)
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Arriving at the ball, Natasha is bursting with barely suppressed excitement and delighted to overhear guests discussing her. Mme Peronsky... (full context)
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...and hostess. Ladies, suddenly heedless of their dresses, press forward for a closer look. But Natasha doesn’t care about the sovereign. As couples pair off for the first dance, she stands... (full context)
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...and asks him to dance with Miss Rostov. When Prince Andrei turns to look at Natasha, his face lights up; he remembers her as the lively young girl from Otradnoe. Natasha... (full context)
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After that, several young men ask Natasha to dance. Before supper, Prince Andrei dances with her again and tells her about the... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 3: Chapters 18–22
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...He’d once judged the Rostovs harshly, but he’s now touched by their simplicity and sincerity. Natasha seems to represent a world filled with unknown joys. After supper, she plays the clavichord... (full context)
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...one of the more honored guests, Pierre sits at a card game with Count Rostov. Natasha sits there, too, and Pierre notices that she seems uncharacteristically quiet and withdrawn. But when... (full context)
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Prince Andrei spends the next day at the Rostovs’. Natasha is pale with nervous anticipation; Prince Andrei is surprisingly shy. Sonya won’t leave her friend’s... (full context)
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...throwing himself into Masonic studies again. That’s when Prince Andrei comes in to talk about Natasha. He’s never known this kind of happiness before, he assures Pierre. Pierre encourages his friend,... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 3: Chapters 23–26
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...with Andrei: the marriage isn’t a particularly brilliant match; Andrei is no longer youthful, while Natasha is very young, and finally, there’s his son to think of. He orders Andrei to... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Natasha doesn’t know that Prince Andrei has left Petersburg, and she spends three weeks sulking. After... (full context)
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As Natasha nervously enters the drawing room, she thinks, “Can it be that this stranger has now... (full context)
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Natasha tries to grasp the idea that she’s now grown up. Prince Andrei explains the necessity... (full context)
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Natasha grows to understand Prince Andrei’s feelings and loosens up around him; her merry moods make... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 4: Chapters 1–6
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...fretful about their affairs; Sonya, now 20, still exudes love for Nikolai. He chats with Natasha about her engagement and, seeing her unflappable calm, feels skeptical that the marriage will take... (full context)
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...hunt for a family of wolves in the Otradnoe woods. Just before they set out, Natasha and Petya, who’s now 13, burst into Nikolai’s study, hoping to come along. Despite Nikolai’s... (full context)
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Suddenly, a swift hare takes off, pursued by baying hounds and borzois. Ilagin, Nikolai, Natasha, and Nikolai’s uncle follow. Ilagin’s prized dog Yerza nearly catches the hare, then loses its... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 4: Chapters 7–13
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...from home that he agrees to stop by his uncle’s house in a nearby village. Natasha and Petya join them. When the uncle’s servants see a lady on horseback, they unabashedly... (full context)
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Natasha thinks she’s never eaten more delightful food, and she listens happily as Nikolai and the... (full context)
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Natasha asks the uncle if he can play, and Anisya happily brings a dusty guitar. The... (full context)
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When the uncle praises Natasha’s dancing, he remarks that all she needs is a fine young husband. Nikolai says that... (full context)
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...angrier because Sonya is so kind, selfless, and devoted to her benefactors. Around this time, Natasha receives another letter from Prince Andrei; a setback with his war wound prevents him from... (full context)
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One day, over Christmas, at a dull and dreary time of day, Natasha is practically in tears over Andrei’s absence and the fear that nothing in her life... (full context)
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As they head home, Natasha picks up on something between Nikolai and Sonya and insists that they share a sleigh.... (full context)
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At home, Dunyasha has set up mirrors in Natasha’s room. Natasha and Sonya peer into the mirrors for signs of their future. After a... (full context)
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...he does so, she won’t acknowledge “this intriguer” as her daughter-in-law. Nikolai is furious, but Natasha, who’s been eavesdropping, interrupts the argument before Nikolai can say anything he’ll regret. She negotiates... (full context)
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...his finances, but the Countess’s ill health prevents this. Sonya feels distraught about it all. Natasha, meanwhile, feels more tormented than ever by Andrei’s absence. From his letters, it seems he’s... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 5: Chapters 1–4
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After Prince Andrei and Natasha get engaged, Pierre feels like he can’t go on with life as it is. His... (full context)
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...tries to fulfill her promise to Andrei to prepare her father for Andrei’s marriage to Natasha, it goes poorly. Worse, as she tutors six-year-old Nikolushka, she sees her father’s angry traits... (full context)
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...her. They talk about her father’s ultimatum to Prince Andrei, and Marya asks Pierre what Natasha Rostov is like. Pierre can only say she’s “enchanting.” Marya plans to get to know... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 5: Chapters 5–10
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At the end of January, Count Rostov arrives in Petersburg with Natasha and Sonya. They must sell the Moscow estate and prepare for Natasha’s wedding; Prince Andrei... (full context)
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The next day, Count Rostov and Natasha go to see Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky. The Count is nervous, but Natasha feels confident that... (full context)
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...know [you were here],” then leaves. Mlle Bourienne tries to smooth over the awkwardness, while Natasha and the Princess look at each other uneasily. Before she leaves with her father, Natasha... (full context)
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...Marya Dmitrievna takes the Rostovs to the opera. Studying her lovely appearance in the mirror, Natasha comforts herself with thoughts of Prince Andrei. When the Rostovs enter their opera box, the... (full context)
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Natasha also spots Dolokhov, surrounded by Moscow’s most popular young men. Recently, he’s served as a... (full context)
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After spending a long time in the country, Natasha is astonished by the spectacle of the opera. But the longer she watches, the more... (full context)
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During an intermission, Natasha notices Anatole Kuragin eyeing her and smiling affectionately in the next box. Even after the... (full context)
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During the next intermission, Anatole enters Hélène’s box. Hélène introduces him to Natasha. Natasha is struck by his simple good nature, which contrasts with his somewhat notorious reputation... (full context)
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In the opera’s fourth act, a devil sings. All this time, Natasha can’t help watching Anatole, and she feels excited and tormented by him. After the opera,... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 5: Chapters 11–13
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...habitually manipulates others, befriends and uses Anatole for his connections. After the opera, Anatole analyzes Natasha’s beauty to Dolokhov and decides he’s going to toy with her for a while. Dolokhov... (full context)
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The day after the opera, Natasha waits uneasily for Prince Andrei. She feels apprehensive and doesn’t know why. Her thoughts of... (full context)
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...resolutely that she’s going to visit Prince Nikolai and have a talk with him regarding Natasha. While she’s gone, Countess Bezukhov stops in to invite the Rostovs to a soirée that... (full context)
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That night Count Rostov takes Natasha and Sonya to the Bezukhovs’ and is unhappy to find a frivolous crowd there. He... (full context)
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Anatole dances with Natasha and tells her he loves her. She’s astonished and struggles to speak, then finally tells... (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.... (full context)
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That evening, a maid hands Natasha another letter, looking secretive. It’s from Anatole. When she reads the passionate letter, Natasha believes... (full context)
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When Sonya gets home that evening, she finds Natasha asleep in her room with the letter lying nearby. She reads it. She bursts into... (full context)
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Horrified, Sonya threatens to tell on Natasha; she feels ashamed for her friend. If Anatole isn’t comfortable seeing Natasha openly, she insists,... (full context)
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On one of their final days in Moscow, Natasha tries to talk to Sonya about Anatole, but they end up arguing about how Natasha... (full context)
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Anatole has been staying with Dolokhov, and together they’ve made a plan to abduct Natasha. Natasha is supposed to sneak out of the house late in the evening. Anatole will... (full context)
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...speeds off to Marya Dmitrievna’s. But when he runs to the back porch to find Natasha, he’s met instead by a huge footman, who says that he must take Anatole to... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 5: Chapters 18–22
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That night Natasha lapses into a shivering fever, ignoring everyone’s efforts to comfort her. The next day Count... (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... (full context)
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...Moscow, and he agrees. He also talks with Count Rostov, who’s troubled and flustered over Natasha’s refusal of Prince Andrei. He’d never been thrilled about the match, but he can’t believe... (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. On his honor,... (full context)
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...one thing to toy with a woman like Hélène, but to deceive a girl like Natasha is entirely different. Anatole trembles and demands that Pierre retract these words. Pierre asks his... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Natasha is very sick. The night she learned that Anatole was married, she swallowed a little... (full context)
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...Andrei, who’s just arrived in Moscow. As soon as Andrei arrived, Prince Nikolai gave him Natasha’s note to Princess Marya stating her refusal of Andrei. (Mlle Bourienne had stolen it from... (full context)
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...leaves, Andrei takes Pierre to his room and asks him to confirm what’s happened with Natasha. He gives Pierre Natasha’s letters and portrait. When Pierre says that Natasha had been deathly... (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 finds Natasha pale and flustered. She... (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 feeling, everything in the... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 1: Chapters 12–15
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Rostov receives a letter from his parents, explaining that Natasha has broken with Prince Andrei and fallen ill, and asking him to come home. Rostov... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 1: Chapters 16–18
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When the Countess hears that Natasha is ill, she and the rest of the household travel to Moscow, where the entire... (full context)
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Though Natasha’s demeanor is calmer, she is no more cheerful. She avoids society, and she no longer... (full context)
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...Otradnoe neighbor, Agrafena Ivanovna Belov, comes to Moscow to venerate some saints. She suggests that Natasha prepare for communion, and Natasha agrees. Normally, the Rostovs prepare for communion by listening to... (full context)
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Mrs. Belov picks up Natasha at three o’clock each morning, and they walk to a neighboring parish that’s known for... (full context)
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...morning, the Rostovs attend the liturgy at the Razumovskys’ house chapel, as they always do. Natasha overhears young men whispering about her, Bolkonsky, and Kuragin. She used to take pride in... (full context)
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In the service, Natasha catches herself judging another worshiper and feels despair at her wickedness. She feels tears starting... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 1: Chapters 19–23
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...have left him. His despair about earthly vanity has been replaced by the image of Natasha’s face. Pierre is still drawn into his wasteful, idle social life, and as Natasha’s health... (full context)
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...bound up in the events surrounding Napoleon. He feels that all these events—his love for Natasha, the comet, the war—will somehow connect in such a way that he’ll be liberated from... (full context)
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When Pierre arrives at the Rostovs’ that evening, he finds Natasha practicing her scales, the first time she’s sung since her illness. She seems happier than... (full context)
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...Rostov is horrified, and the Count says it's nonsense—Petya must go to university instead. Suddenly Natasha’s stare is too much for Pierre, and he makes an excuse to leave, deciding he... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 2: Chapters 15–18
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...Denisov. He’s heard of Bolkonsky’s misfortunes and greets him sympathetically. Andrei heard of Denisov from Natasha’s stories—he was her first suitor. What with Smolensk and his father’s death, Andrei hasn’t thought... (full context)
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The conversation turns to the Rostovs’ struggles. Natasha is better, and the Count wants to return to the country, but the Countess insists... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 2: Chapters 24–25
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...the certainty, of imminent death. His whole life, especially his greatest griefs (his love for Natasha, his father’s death, and the invasion of Russia), now seem simple and even foolish in... (full context)
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Prince Andrei can’t sleep that night. He remembers an evening in Petersburg when Natasha exuberantly told him a story about going mushroom-hunting in the forest. He smiles at the... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 2: Chapters 36–39
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...moment to remember his connection with the man. Eventually, a clear memory of young, innocent Natasha surfaces in his mind, filling him with love. He even feels tender pity and compassion... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 3: Chapters 10–14
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...arrives on August 28th, he’s uncomfortable with his mother’s doting and treats her coldly, preferring Natasha’s company. (full context)
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Petya and Natasha, on the other hand, don’t help with packing. Instead they spend their time laughing together... (full context)
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On the last day of August, the Rostovs’ house is in disarray. Natasha is sitting on the floor of her bedroom, looking at the dress she’d worn to... (full context)
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Mavra Kuzminishna reminds Natasha that she’d better ask for permission, so she goes inside and, in a rush, asks... (full context)
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...that there are drunken riots in the streets, the family starts packing more hastily. Once Natasha gets into the spirit of things, she suddenly takes charge, repacking things more efficiently and... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 3: Chapters 15–17
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Outside in the courtyard, Petya tells Natasha that their parents are quarrelling over giving carts to the wounded. Natasha runs inside and... (full context)
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...Countess weeps when she hears that Andrei is said to be dying. They both know Natasha shouldn’t find out. (full context)
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...last, the carriages bearing the Rostovs make their way down the street. Every so often, Natasha leans out and happily watches the train of carts bearing the wounded. A few streets... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 3: Chapters 27–29
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...Besuhof” was destined to limit the “beast’s” power. In his mind, the brief encounter with Natasha had confirmed that he was doing the right thing by staying in the city. (full context)
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As Pierre listens to the Frenchman’s stories, he thinks of Natasha and their farewell a few days ago. He finds himself telling Ramballe the whole story—that... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 3: Chapters 30–32
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The Count and Sonya go outside to look at the blaze; the Countess and Natasha stay inside. The Countess cries over the news, but Natasha doesn’t respond. She’s listening to... (full context)
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Natasha lies still until she’s certain everyone else has fallen asleep. Then she creeps barefoot across... (full context)
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...love for Anatole gave him such joy. This train of thought also reminds him of Natasha, whom he both loves and hates more than anyone else. He pictures her soul and... (full context)
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At first Prince Andrei thinks that Natasha is part of his delirium, but he gradually understands that she’s truly beside him. Natasha... (full context)
Volume 4, Part 1: Chapters 4–8
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...her self-sacrifice. For the first time, Sonya feels bitter toward the Rostovs and envious of Natasha, who never has to sacrifice herself. She secretly resolves to bind herself to Nikolai forever. (full context)
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...Prince Andrei is discovered among the Rostovs’ wagon train, Sonya feels relieved. She knows that Natasha still loves Prince Andrei and that they’ll probably still end up together. If that happens,... (full context)
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When the Rostovs stop for a stay at the Trinity monastery, Natasha has a long talk with Prince Andrei. She tells Sonya that she loves Andrei like... (full context)
Volume 4, Part 1: Chapters 14–16
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Impatient to see Prince Andrei, Princess Marya feels frustrated with the family’s polite chatter. When Natasha runs into the room—the same girl whom Princess Marya had disliked when she was engaged... (full context)
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The two women stop to compose themselves outside Andrei’s room. Natasha explains that Andrei’s early fever, as well as the threat of gangrene, had passed. But... (full context)
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Prince Andrei tells Princess Marya that Natasha is caring for him, and that it’s strange how fate has brought them together. Marya... (full context)
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...avoids his tutor Dessales and spends most of his time around Princess Marya and especially Natasha. After this conversation, Princess Marya no longer hopes for Andrei’s recovery. She joins Natasha in... (full context)
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...ceasing to live. This makes death a welcome prospect. And yet—ever since his reunion with Natasha, love for her has subtly bound him to life again. It reminds him of seeing... (full context)
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When Natasha refers to something that happened to Andrei two days earlier, she means Andrei’s last struggle... (full context)
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Prince Andrei’s final days are quiet and simple. Princess Marya and Natasha sense that he has already left them and that they’re simply taking care of his... (full context)
Volume 4, Part 4: Chapters 1–3
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After Prince Andrei’s death, both Natasha and Princess Marya find that every ordinary detail of life aggravates grief. Even though they... (full context)
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...has to respond to life’s demands once again and begins preparing to move to Moscow. Natasha declines the invitation to live with her there, as she’s on the verge of understanding... (full context)
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...her room, she’s become an old woman. Yet the wound of Petya’s death actually brings Natasha to new life. After Prince Andrei’s death, Natasha believed her life was over, but her... (full context)
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Prince Andrei’s and Petya’s deaths draw Princess Marya and Natasha closer together. From that time, a deep, tender bond forms between the two women. Natasha... (full context)
Volume 4, Part 4: Chapters 15–20
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...sweetly familiar in the woman’s expression, but her pale, aged face puzzles him. Marya says, “Natasha,” and, “like a rusty door opening,” the woman smiles. A forgotten happiness envelops Pierre, and... (full context)
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Grateful to hear that Prince Andrei “softened” before he died, Pierre tells Natasha that her reunion with Andrei was a happy thing. She frowns but agrees, and then... (full context)
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When Natasha enters the dining room, she’s calm. After the heartfelt conversation, everyone feels a little awkward,... (full context)
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Pierre continues talking about rescuing the little girl and witnessing the executions; Natasha urges him not to leave any details out. When he describes Karataev, Pierre’s voice trembles.... (full context)
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When Natasha and Princess Marya go to bed, they talk about Pierre. Natasha says it feels good... (full context)
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...Princess Marya’s, Pierre feels a momentary doubt about what happened yesterday, but he soon senses Natasha’s presence, like an “instant loss of freedom.” Now, though she’s dressed the same as yesterday,... (full context)
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...thinks for a minute and starts to say that it’s too soon to speak to Natasha of love, but she realizes that’s not true: for the past three days, Natasha has... (full context)
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During his time in Petersburg, Pierre relives his visits with Natasha over and over. He wonders at his joy and occasionally fears it’s all a dream.... (full context)
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Ever since her reunion with Pierre, something new has awakened in Natasha’s soul. She forgets her grief and no longer dreads the future. At first, the change... (full context)
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When Natasha hears that Pierre has gone to Petersburg, she begins to cry and begs Marya to... (full context)
Epilogue, Part 1: Chapters 5–7
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Natasha married Pierre Bezukhov in 1813. It was the Rostovs’ last happy family event; the Count... (full context)
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Natasha and Pierre don’t realize how bad Nikolai’s situation is. He not only has to support... (full context)
Epilogue, Part 1: Chapters 8–16
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...to treat her kindly, but she secretly resents her. One day, after Marya confides this, Natasha reminds her that everything has been taken away from Sonya. Marya can see that she’s... (full context)
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In December, 1820, Natasha and her children are visiting Bald Hills while Pierre is doing business in Petersburg. Nikolai’s... (full context)
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Natasha and Pierre married in the early spring of 1813, and by 1820, she has three... (full context)
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Since they married, Pierre and Natasha have lived in both Petersburg and Moscow and with Nikolai. Society isn’t very fond of... (full context)
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By this time, discussions about women’s rights and roles have become more common, but Natasha isn’t interested. Such questions mainly exist for those who don’t look beyond marriage’s romantic beginnings... (full context)
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When they got married, Pierre was surprised by Natasha’s demand that his life belong to her, but he happily submitted. He doesn’t spend time... (full context)
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...Pierre had gone to Petersburg for several weeks. He stayed longer than they agreed, and Natasha grew sad and irritable in his absence. When Denisov came to visit, he found the... (full context)
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...and kind like him. As Nikolenka grows up, he fits together bits and pieces of Natasha’s and Pierre’s stories and gathers that his father Prince Andrei once loved Natasha, of whom... (full context)
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...brought back all the presents everyone requested. As a newlywed, he found it strange that Natasha expected him to do such things, but over time he’s come to enjoy it. Though... (full context)
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When Pierre and Natasha bring gifts to the Countess, —who’s often moody these days, mainly looking forward to the... (full context)
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...Andrei. Nikolenka sits shyly in a corner and listens to the adults gossip about politics. Natasha notices that Pierre wants to discuss something else, so she redirects the conversation to Pierre’s... (full context)
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...good. Pierre suggests the Tugendbund as a counterexample—a group which embodied the preaching of Christ. Natasha comes into the room at this moment and though she doesn’t care about the discussion,... (full context)
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Their conversation shifts to Nikolenka’s intrusion into the debate in Pierre’s study. Nikolai particularly resents Natasha’s siding with Pierre, especially since she only parrots Pierre’s arguments. (He disregards the fact that... (full context)
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Alone with Pierre, Natasha embraces her husband, and they begin talking in the allusive, intuitive way of a married... (full context)
Natasha asks Pierre if Platon Karataev would have approved of his activities. Pierre reflects that Platon... (full context)
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...together to effect change, then honest people simply need to do the same. Pierre coaxes Natasha to say whatever she’d been about to say. She no longer wants to share the... (full context)