War and Peace

War and Peace

by

Leo Tolstoy

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Nikolai Andreich (Nikolushka or Nikolenka) Rostov Character Analysis

Nikolushka is Prince Andrei’s son. His mother, Princess Lise, died giving birth to him. When Nikolushka is seven, his father dies. At 15, he especially admires his uncle Pierre and wants to be like him. Nikolenka is a lonely, somewhat delicate, idealistic young man who longs to make a difference in the world.

Nikolai Andreich (Nikolushka or Nikolenka) Rostov Quotes in War and Peace

The War and Peace quotes below are all either spoken by Nikolai Andreich (Nikolushka or Nikolenka) Rostov or refer to Nikolai Andreich (Nikolushka or Nikolenka) 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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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Vintage edition of War and Peace published in 2008.
Epilogue, Part 1: Chapters 8–16 Quotes

Sometimes the thought occurred to her that this difference was caused by age; but she felt that she was guilty before him, and in her heart she promised herself to mend her ways and do the impossible— that is, in this life to love her husband, and her children, and Nikolenka, and all who were close to her as Christ loved mankind. Countess Marya’s soul always strove towards the infinite, eternal, and perfect, and therefore could never be at peace. The stern expression of concealed, lofty suffering of a soul burdened by a body came to her face. Nikolai looked at her […] and, standing in front of the icon, he began to recite the evening prayers.

Page Number: 1174
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Nikolai Andreich (Nikolushka or Nikolenka) Rostov Character Timeline in War and Peace

The timeline below shows where the character Nikolai Andreich (Nikolushka or Nikolenka) Rostov appears in War and Peace. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Volume 2, Part 1: Chapters 7–9
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...Andrei feel that something has broken in his soul. Five days later, the new baby, Nikolai Andreich , is baptized. Prince Nikolai, acting as godfather, is so afraid of dropping the baby... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 2: Chapters 5–9
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...1807, Prince Andrei stays at Bald Hills while his father is traveling on duty. Baby Nikolushka is sick. When letters arrive for Prince Andrei, the maid finds him in the nursery,... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 3: Chapters 23–26
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...The burden of this falls on Princess Marya. Princess Marya’s soft spots are her nephew Nikolushka and her religious faith, and the irritable Prince attacks these at every opportunity. However, none... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 5: Chapters 1–4
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...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 in herself—she becomes impatient and punishes her nephew for... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 1: Chapters 8–11
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...by the sameness of Bald Hills. The place and inhabitants haven’t changed, except that little Nikolushka has grown. He laughs just like the little princess used to laugh. Prince Andrei doesn’t... (full context)
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Before leaving Bald Hills, Prince Andrei tries to summon up his former tenderness for Nikolushka, but he can’t find it. He’s likewise disturbed to find that he feels no remorse... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 2: Chapters 1–5
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...week and even refuses to see Mlle Bourienne. Princess Marya divides her time between tutoring Nikolushka and staying in her room, sometimes visiting with God’s people. She thinks about the war... (full context)
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...sits 40 miles east of Smolensk and two miles from the Moscow road. One night, Nikolushka’s tutor Dessales tells Princess Marya to write to the head of the province to find... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 2: Chapters 6–12
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...village militia, deciding to stay and defend Bald Hills. He orders that Princess Marya and Nikolushka be taken to Bogucharovo and from there to Moscow. However, Princess Marya is worried about... (full context)
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The morning after Nikolushka leaves for Bogucharovo, Prince Nikolai puts on his decorated uniform and goes out to review... (full context)
Volume 4, Part 1: Chapters 4–8
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...Marya had gone to Moscow and found a letter from Prince Andrei, telling her and Nikolushka to go to their aunt, Mrs. Malvintsev, in Voronezh. In mourning for her father, worried... (full context)
Volume 4, Part 1: Chapters 14–16
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...the Rostovs in Yaroslavl, she immediately makes plans to go there herself, along with seven-year-old Nikolushka. The journey is difficult because they can’t take the Moscow road, and post-horses are often... (full context)
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...it would be good if they got married. Marya changes the subject, offering to bring Nikolushka in. Andrei’s smile in response is mocking. Chilled, Marya realizes that he’s mocking her for... (full context)
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After an awkward visit with Nikolushka—Andrei doesn’t know what to say to him—Princess Marya starts to cry. Andrei begins, “Marie, do... (full context)
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Though Nikolushka is only seven years old, he understands everything that happens in his father’s room that... (full context)
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...and that this is how it must be. He receives the last rites and kisses Nikolushka goodbye, with an air of fulfilling what’s expected of him. Natasha and Marya are with... (full context)
Epilogue, Part 1: Chapters 8–16
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...table, including his wife and three children, Natasha and her three children, Sonya, Marya’s nephew Nikolenka, and the late Prince Nikolai’s old architect Mikhail Ivanovich. From his gestures, Princess Marya can... (full context)
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...feast day. The children are happy because Pierre draws the whole household together with fun. Nikolenka, 15, admires his uncle passionately and wants to be intelligent and kind like him. As... (full context)
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After the rest of the children go to bed, Nikolenka asks to stay behind so he can spend time with Pierre. Pierre tells Nikolenka he... (full context)
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As they get up for supper, Nikolenka goes up to Pierre and asks if his father Prince Andrei would have shared Pierre’s... (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... (full context)
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Marya worries that Nikolenka is alone with his thoughts too much. She continues fretting over her nephew while Nikolai... (full context)
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Downstairs, Nikolenka wakes up from a bad dream in which he and Pierre were marching in a... (full context)