War and Peace

War and Peace

by

Leo Tolstoy

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Nikolai is the eldest Rostov son. Throughout the novel, he’s often simply referred to as “Rostov.” He and his younger sister Natasha are close friends. Nikolai serves in the war of 1805 with the Pavlogradsky hussars, under a squadron commander named Denisov, whom he befriends and admires. Nikolai has a deep, almost exaggerated sense of honor and loyalty, as the incident involving the thief Telyanin and their commander Bogdanych illustrates. His sense of honor sometimes expresses itself in a quick temper. At Schöngraben, his first major battle, Nikolai sustains a minor wound, panics, and runs from the attacking French, though he gets a promotion afterward and lets others believe he fought bravely. When Nikolai returns home on leave in the winter of 1805–1806, he ignores his boyhood crush on his second cousin Sonya. The following year, he befriends Dolokhov, who cheats him out of 43,000 roubles just before Nikolai rejoins his regiment. Nikolai feels happier in the regiment than living in the morally ambiguous outside world, but when he visits a field hospital and contrasts the soldierssuffering with pompous imperial ceremonies, his firm principles are somewhat shaken. A few years later, Nikolai returns to his familys country estate, where he becomes an avid huntsman and rekindles his romance with Sonya. In 1812, back in the army, he’s promoted to captain and decorated for heroism after leading an attack and taking a Frenchman captive, but he feels troubled about this supposed “heroism.” Later, while stationed near Bogucharovo, Nikolai helps Princess Marya with some troublesome peasants and begins to fall in love with her. After the war, Nikolai moves back to Moscow to repay his late father’s debts, and though he briefly rebuffs Marya, they finally marry in 1814. Nikolai becomes a passionate and successful farmer beloved by his peasants. At the end of the novel, in 1820, he and Marya have three children with another on the way.

Nikolai Rostov Quotes in War and Peace

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Volume 1, Part 2: Chapters 4–8 Quotes

Rostov, preoccupied by his relations with Bogdanych, stopped on the bridge, not knowing what to do with himself. There was no one to cut down (as he had always pictured battle to himself), nor could he help set fire to the bridge, because, unlike the other soldiers, he had not brought a plait of straw with him. He was standing and looking about, when suddenly there was a rattling on the bridge, as if someone had spilled nuts, and one of the hussars, the one nearest him, fell on the railing with a groan. […]

Nikolai Rostov turned away, and, as if searching for something, began looking at the distance, at the waters of the Danube, at the sky, at the sun! How good the sky seemed, how blue, calm, and deep!

Related Characters: Nikolai Rostov, Bogdanych
Related Symbols: Sky
Page Number: 148
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Volume 1, Part 2: Chapters 13–20 Quotes

And the flushed alien physiognomy of this man who, with lowered bayonet, holding his breath, was running lightly towards him, frightened Rostov. He seized his pistol and, instead of firing it, threw it at the Frenchman, and ran for the bushes as fast as he could. […] One undivided feeling of fear for his young, happy life possessed his entire being. Quickly leaping over the hedges, with that swiftness with which he had run playing tag, he flew across the field, turning his pale, kind young face back from time to time, and a chill of terror ran down his spine. […] “Something must be wrong,” he thought, “it’s impossible that they should want to kill me.”

Related Characters: Nikolai Rostov (speaker)
Page Number: 189
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Volume 1, Part 3: Chapters 6–9 Quotes

Rostov was a truthful young man, not for anything would he have deliberately told an untruth. He began telling the story with the intention of telling it exactly as it had been, but imperceptibly, involuntarily, and inevitably for himself, he went over into untruth. If he had told the truth to these listeners, who, like himself, had already heard accounts of attacks numerous times and had formed for themselves a definite notion of what an attack was, and were expecting exactly the same sort of account—they either would not have believed him or, worse still, would have thought it was Rostov’s own fault that what usually happens in stories of cavalry attacks had not happened with him. He could not simply tell them that they all set out at a trot, he fell off his horse, dislocated his arm, and ran to the woods as fast as he could to escape a Frenchman. […] They were expecting an account of how he got all fired up, forgetting himself […] how his saber tasted flesh, how he fell exhausted, and so on. And he told them all that.

Related Characters: Nikolai Rostov, Boris Drubetskoy, Berg
Page Number: 242
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Volume 1, Part 3: Chapters 10–13 Quotes

That night Rostov was on the picket line with his platoon forward of Bagration’s detachment. […] His eyes kept closing, and in his imagination the sovereign appeared, then Denisov, then Moscow memories […] “Why not? It might well be,” thought Rostov, “that the sovereign, meeting me, gives me some assignment, saying as to any officer: ‘Go and find out what’s there.’ There are many stories about how he got to know some officer quite by chance and attached him to himself. What if he attached me to himself? Oh, how I’d protect him, how I’d tell him the whole truth, how I’d expose the deceivers!”

Page Number: 265
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Volume 1, Part 3: Chapters 14–19 Quotes

“But that can’t be him, alone in the middle of this empty field,” thought Rostov. Just then Alexander turned his head, and Rostov saw the beloved features so vividly imprinted on his memory. The sovereign was pale, his cheeks were hollow, his eyes sunken; but there was all the more loveliness and mildness in his features. […]

But as a young man in love trembles and thrills, not daring to utter what he dreams of by night, and looks about fearfully, seeking help or the possibility of delay and flight, when the desired moment comes and he stands alone with her, so now Rostov, having attained what he desired more than anything in the world, did not know how to approach the sovereign and presented thousands of considerations to himself for why it was unsuitable, improper, and impossible.

Related Characters: Nikolai Rostov (speaker), Emperor Alexander I
Page Number: 287
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Volume 2, Part 2: Chapters 15–18 Quotes

Here in the regiment everything was clear and simple. The whole world was divided into two unequal parts: one was our Pavlogradsky regiment, the other— all the rest. And with this rest he had nothing to do. In the regiment, everything was known: who was a lieutenant, who a captain, who was a good and who a bad man, and— above all— who was a comrade. […]

Having entered once more into these definite conditions of regimental life, Rostov experienced a joy and peace similar to what a weary man feels when he lies down to rest. This regimental life was the more pleasurable for Rostov during this campaign in that, after losing to Dolokhov (an act for which, despite all his family’s reassurances, he could not forgive himself), he had resolved to serve not as before, but, in order to smooth over his guilt, to serve well and be a perfectly excellent comrade and officer, that is, a fine human being— which seemed so difficult in the world, but so possible in the regiment.

Related Characters: Nikolai Rostov, Dolokhov
Page Number: 395
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Volume 2, Part 2: Chapters 19–21 Quotes

Rostov stood at the corner for a long time, looking at the feasting men from a distance. Painful work was going on in his mind, which he could not bring to an end. Terrible doubts arose in his soul. Now he remembered [] the whole hospital with those torn-off arms and legs, that filth and disease. He imagined so vividly now that hospital stench of dead flesh that he looked around to see where the stench could be coming from. Then he remembered that self-satisfied Bonaparte with his white little hand, who was now an emperor, whom the emperor Alexander liked and respected. Why, then, those torn-off arms and legs, those dead people? […] He caught himself in such strange thoughts that it made him frightened.

Page Number: 416
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Volume 3, Part 1: Chapters 12–15 Quotes

Rostov kept thinking about that brilliant feat of his, which, to his surprise, had gained him the St. George Cross and even given him the reputation of a brave man— and there was something in it that he was unable to understand. “So they’re even more afraid than we are!” he thought. “So that’s all there is to so-called heroism? And did I really do it for the fatherland? And what harm had he done, with his dimple and his light blue eyes? But how frightened he was! He thought I’d kill him. Why should I kill him? My hand faltered. And they gave me the St. George Cross. I understand nothing, nothing!”

Related Characters: Nikolai Rostov (speaker)
Page Number: 654
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Volume 3, Part 2: Chapters 13–14 Quotes

“Well, what if I really have fallen in love with him?” thought Princess Marya.

Ashamed as she was to admit to herself that she had fallen in love first with a man who, perhaps, would never love her, she comforted herself with the thought that no one would ever know of it, and that she would not be to blame if, to the end of her life, without speaking of it to anyone, she should love the one she loved for the first and last time.

Sometimes she remembered his glances, his sympathy, his words, and happiness did not seem impossible to her. And it was then that Dunyasha noticed her, smiling, looking out the window of the carriage.

“And it had to be that he came to Bogucharovo, and at that very moment!” thought Princess Marya. […] And in all of that Princess Marya saw the will of Providence.

Related Characters: Princess Marya Bolkonsky (speaker), Nikolai Rostov, Dunyasha
Page Number: 737
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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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Volume 1, Part 1: Chapters 7–11
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...the Semyonovksy guards. In August, Princess Drubetskoy returns to Moscow to visit her relatives, the Rostovs. On the 10th, the two Natalyas in the Rostov family, mother and daughter, are celebrating... (full context)
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...Natasha’s infectious laughter. Princess Drubetskoy’s son Boris, a lifelong friend of the Count’s eldest son Nikolai, comes in, too. At home among the company, Boris teases Natasha about her doll and... (full context)
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Count Rostov’s 15-year-old cousin Sonya and Nikolai remain in the room. The count tells a guest that,... (full context)
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When Nikolai flirts with the guest Julie Karagin, Sonya storms out of the room, and Nikolai hurries... (full context)
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...impatiently for Boris to find her. Soon after, Sonya comes in crying, followed closely by Nikolai. While Natasha watches, Nikolai takes Sonya’s hand and kisses her. After they leave the room,... (full context)
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...talk. The countess wonders how Anna Mikhailovna got Boris a place in the guards, while Nikolai will be a mere junker. Anna Mikhailovna proudly tells her how she solicited Prince Vassily,... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 1: Chapters 14–17
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...argue about the wisdom of going to war with Napoleon. Later, at the dinner table, Nikolai defends the war with awkward warmth, earning praise from Julie Karagin (which makes Sonya blush).... (full context)
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...friend weeping in a corridor. Natasha cries in sympathy. Sonya explains that she’s upset that Nikolai’s going into the army, and they can’t hope to marry, because they’re cousins and will... (full context)
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...the countess marvels 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... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 1: Chapter 22
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At Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky’s estate, Bald Hills, the young Prince Andrei and his wife, the little princess, are... (full context)
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...of Prince Andrei’s arrival, Marya timidly enters her father’s study for their daily meeting. Prince Nikolai greets his daughter sternly yet tenderly. He marks a geometry assignment in a notebook and... (full context)
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...will be defeated by the “angel” of Russia. She also writes of her love for Nikolai Rostov, praising his nobility and poetic spirit. Julie also mentions the gossip surrounding Count Bezukhov’s... (full context)
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Marya replies at once. She assures Julie that she doesn’t disapprove of Julie’s feelings for Nikolai Rostov; it’s only that, never having experienced such feelings herself, Marya assumes that Christian love—the... (full context)
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Cheerful Mlle Bourienne, Marya’s companion, enters the room, warning Marya that Prince Nikolai has had an argument and is therefore in a grumpy mood. Marya says she doesn’t... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 2: Chapters 4–8
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The Pavlogradsky hussars are stationed two miles from Braunau, in the village of Salzeneck. Nikolai Rostov serves as a junker in this regiment. He lives with his squadron commander, Captain... (full context)
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When Rostov returns to the cottage, Denisov is eating a meal and writing a love letter. The... (full context)
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Rostov finds Telyanin at a tavern, where he demands to examine Telyanin’s purse and quietly accuses... (full context)
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...see French troops and artillery appear on the road opposite, a mere 600 yards away. Rostov sits on his slightly lame horse, Little Rook, beaming like a schoolboy at his comrades.... (full context)
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...it wasn’t part of his original orders, but he finally agrees in an injured tone. Rostov feels that his first test has come. As the hussars make the sign of the... (full context)
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...the bridge and race back to their horse-handlers, but some are struck down by canister-shot. Rostov realizes this isn’t how he’d imagined battle—there aren’t any French to strike down—and he’s failed... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 2: Chapters 13–20
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...soldiers in the woods, and the Russians are forced to cut a path for retreat. Rostov is part of the cavalry squadron that’s facing the French. Though Rostov felt lighthearted during... (full context)
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As Rostov gets off his horse, he sees French soldiers rushing toward him and stands frozen, wondering... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 2: Chapter 21
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...them with the initial order. Many wounded catch rides on the retreating guns, among them Rostov, pale and pitiful, clutching his arm. They eventually make it to the village of Guntersdorf,... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Rostov still sits by the fire, tormented by pain in his arm. He falls asleep and... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 3: Chapters 6–9
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The Rostovs get their first letter from Nikolai in midwinter. Anna Mikhailovna, who’s still living with them,... (full context)
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When Anna Mikhailovna goes into the countess’s room after dinner, Count Rostov listens at the keyhole, unable to hear much. Finally, Anna Mikhailovna opens the door with... (full context)
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...these, along with 6,000 roubles to outfit him for his promotion, to be mailed to Nikolai by way of Boris, who’s under the patronage of the grand duke Konstantin Pavlovich (the... (full context)
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On November 12th, Nikolai gets a note from Boris, telling him about the note and money from his family.... (full context)
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Nikolai and Boris admire the changes in one another and swap stories about their experiences—Nikolai’s life... (full context)
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Over wine, Berg and Boris animatedly tell Rostov about the joys of serving in the Grand Duke’s regiment. Then Boris asks about Rostov’s... (full context)
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...of the story, Prince Andrei Bolkonsky walks in. Prince Andrei can’t stand boastful front-line hussars; Rostov, in turn, scorns adjutants. Yet the latter blushes and falls silent as Boris talks to... (full context)
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...an enormous field in three impeccable lines. Standing with the front ranks of Kutuzov’s army, Rostov feels proud as Emperor Alexander rides up to them. Everyone roars “Hurrah!” with a feeling... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 3: Chapters 10–13
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On the sixteenth of November, Denisov’s squadron in Bagration’s detachment (Nikolai Rostov’s squadron) moves into action. It turns out that the squadron is kept in reserve,... (full context)
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That night Rostov is with his hussar platoon on the picket line. He rides back and forth along... (full context)
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Rostov joins the generals and their adjutants, who have ridden up to see what’s going on.... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 3: Chapters 14–19
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...Bagration figures that a message won’t make it back to them until evening. Bagration picks Rostov, who’s watching him eagerly, as messenger. Rostov feels joyful—all his wishes are coming true, as... (full context)
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Hearing musketfire and cannons booming above, Rostov pauses to see what’s going on, but he can’t make out the chaotic movements on... (full context)
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Rostov decides to keep going. The closer he gets to Pratz, the more confused and apprehensive... (full context)
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When he reaches the village of Hostieradek, Rostov still can’t find either the emperor or Kutuzov, but the Russians—calmer here—all agree that the... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 1: Chapters 1–6
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Early in 1806, Nikolai Rostov comes home on leave, bringing Denisov with him. As the carriage gets closer to... (full context)
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The next morning, Nikolai and Denisov oversleep, and Nikolai’s little brother Petya bursts into their bedroom, leaving Natasha and... (full context)
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Joining the household in the drawing room, Nikolai can tell that everyone is watching him to see how he behaves toward Sonya. He... (full context)
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Nikolai’s family welcomes him home as a hero and Moscow as a whole treats him as... (full context)
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In March, Count Rostov arranges a dinner at the English Club in honor of Prince Bagration. In the flurry... (full context)
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...whom he more naturally belongs, and the older ones who share his wealth and status. Nikolai talks with Dolokhov, whom he’s recently befriended. When Prince Bagration is announced, he comes in... (full context)
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Before dinner, Count Rostov makes sure to introduce Nikolai to Bagration, who recognizes him from the war. The meal... (full context)
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...the table and challenges Dolokhov to a duel. Nesvitsky agrees to be Pierre’s second, and Rostov agrees to be Dolokhov’s. Pierre goes home, feeling devastatingly certain that Hélène cheated on him. (full context)
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Early the next morning, Pierre, Nesvitsky, Dolokhov, Denisov, and Rostov meet at the Sokolniki woods. Pierre hasn’t slept. He feels painfully conscious of his wife’s... (full context)
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As Rostov and Denisov take the wounded Dolokhov back to Moscow, Dolokhov begs Rostov to go to... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 1: Chapters 10–16
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Nikolai Rostov is promoted to the position of adjutant to the governor general of Moscow. While... (full context)
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In the fall, the Rostovs return to Moscow. Denisov visits again, too. The winter of 1806 is one of the... (full context)
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On the third day of Christmas, the Rostovs have a farewell dinner for Nikolai; Denisov and Dolokhov are there. When Nikolai gets home... (full context)
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Dolokhov stops coming to the Rostovs’ house. A few days later, Nikolai receives a note inviting him to a farewell party... (full context)
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Nikolai wonders what Dolokhov’s motivations can be. After losing again, Nikolai takes Dolokhov aside and asks... (full context)
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Nikolai comes home in dread. He finds the young people of the household gathered around the... (full context)
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...him first and haltingly turns him down. Denisov leaves town in disgrace the next day. Nikolai stays in Moscow for two more weeks until his father is able to raise the... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 2: Chapters 15–18
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When Rostov returns to his regiment from leave, he realizes that his bond with them is very... (full context)
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Rostov’s and Denisov’s friendship is stronger than ever. Denisov looks out for Rostov and tries to... (full context)
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One morning in April, Rostov returns from duty to find Denisov shouting at a sergeant major. He disappears for the... (full context)
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...him a thief, and started beating people up. Denisov laughs at this, calling it nonsense. Rostov knows him well, however, and can see that his friend is deeply worried. On the... (full context)
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In June, during a truce, Rostov gets permission to visit Denisov in the hospital. When he arrives, the doctor tells him... (full context)
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In the officers’ ward, Rostov sees Tushin, the artillerist he’d met at the battle of Schöngraben. It turns out that... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 2: Chapters 19–21
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After reporting to the regiment, Rostov rides to Tilsit with Denisov’s letter for the sovereign. On June 13th, Napoleon and Emperor... (full context)
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...for French officers. One of these dinners includes Napoleon’s adjutant and page; that same night, Rostov arrives and visits Boris’s apartment in civilian clothes. Rostov is startled by the friendly atmosphere—he’s... (full context)
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Rostov’s timing is poor. The two emperors are signing a preliminary peace agreement and then attending... (full context)
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As Rostov leaves, he hears the emperor approaching, and he can’t resist crowding close along with some... (full context)
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During the ensuing banquet, Boris notices the stormy expression on Rostov’s face. Rostov agrees to visit with Boris, but he stands there pensively silent, thinking about... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 3: Chapters 11–17
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During the Rostovs’ two years in the country, their financial situation doesn’t improve. Though Nikolai keeps his promise... (full context)
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Boris, Pierre, and Berg all become regulars at the Rostovs’ suppers. Since surviving a couple of minor war injuries, Berg has become a captain of... (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 both treasure these nighttime... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 4: Chapters 1–6
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The main attraction of military service is its “obligatory and irreproachable idleness.” Nikolai Rostov discovers this for himself after 1807, when he takes over from Denisov as squadron... (full context)
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By the time he reaches Otradnoe, Nikolai is eager to see his family. He finds his parents much the same, but fretful... (full context)
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A few days after his arrival, Nikolai loses his temper while dealing with Mitenka. Disgusted with worldly business, he takes up hunting... (full context)
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Before they reach the woods, Nikolai’s party comes across a distant relative and neighbor who’s hunting, too. They decide to combine... (full context)
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After Nikolai helps Danilo truss up the animal, the hunt continues. Nikolai sees an unfamiliar group chasing... (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... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 4: Chapters 7–13
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The hunt has taken Nikolai so far from home that he agrees to stop by his uncle’s house in a... (full context)
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Natasha thinks she’s never eaten more delightful food, and she listens happily as Nikolai and the uncle talk about hunting and dogs. Nikolai has always heard good things about... (full context)
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...uncle praises Natasha’s dancing, he remarks that all she needs is a fine young husband. Nikolai says that a husband has already been chosen. Natasha wonders about her brother’s choice of... (full context)
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Count Rostov resigns from his post as marshal of the nobility due to the expenses involved. His... (full context)
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Countess Rostov encourages Nikolai to visit the Karagins in Moscow. Nikolai balks at the idea of marrying... (full context)
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Something about the costumes and merriment has made Sonya glow more than usual, and Nikolai notices. When Sonya puts on her coat to walk to the barn, Nikolai runs outside,... (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. Nikolai drives home more slowly, gazing... (full context)
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After Christmas, Nikolai tells his mother that he loves Sonya and intends to marry her. Though Countess Rostov... (full context)
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A few days later, Countess Rostov speaks to Sonya with unexpected cruelty. She accuses Sonya of luring Nikolai and being ungrateful.... (full context)
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In January, Nikolai returns to his regiment, planning to put his affairs in order so that he can... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 1: Chapters 8–11
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...Andrei doesn’t realize, though, that Bald Hills has actually divided into two camps, with Prince Nikolai and Mlle Bourienne on one side, and Princess Marya, Nikolushka, and Nikolushka’s tutor and caregivers... (full context)
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...it. He’s likewise disturbed to find that he feels no remorse for arguing with Prince Nikolai for the first time in his life. He wants to flee the painful memories of... (full context)
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...groups include one which is passionately devoted to the person of the Emperor, much as Rostov used to be; they want Alexander himself to take command of the army. Another, by... (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... (full context)
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...participate in serious action for the first time. The night before, there’s a heavy thunderstorm. Rostov camps in a haphazard tent in a rye field with his 16-year-old officer Ilyin, who... (full context)
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Ilyin goes in search of better shelter, and he soon returns excitedly telling Rostov about a nearby abandoned tavern; Marya Genrikhovna, the young German wife of the regimental doctor,... (full context)
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...to the village of Ostrovna. As he rides through the damp, chilly dawn with Ilyin, Rostov thinks about the pleasant evening in the tavern and about his fine horse; he doesn’t... (full context)
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...flank position behind the uhlans on the front line. The crackling noise of gunfire cheers Rostov. When the uhlans are ordered to attack, Rostov’s squadron takes their place. A few minutes... (full context)
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As the hussar squadron moves downhill, their trot shifts into a gallop. Rostov feels as if he’s chasing a wolf in the hunt. Seeing the hussars, the dragoons... (full context)
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Rostov’s general praises his daring and says he’s going to request the St. George Cross for... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 1: Chapters 19–23
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Pierre has promised to visit the Rostovs with war news. When he stops at Count Rastopchin’s to pick up the relevant documents,... (full context)
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...faith in the people of Moscow, and his commitment to stand among them. Afterward, Count Rostov is teary-eyed. Blushing, Petya goes up to his father and says he wants to join... (full context)
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...he repeats his firm intention to join the army. Though he doesn’t say yes, Count Rostov starts searching for a way that Petya can be sent to a less dangerous area... (full context)
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...for it, he pledges a thousand men and their maintenance to the war effort. Count Rostov goes home and tearfully tells his wife about the affecting scene; he also signs Petya... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 2: Chapters 6–12
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...naïve amazement before being sent away. In reality, Lavrushka gallops in search of his master Nikolai Rostov, exaggerating the whole story in his mind. (full context)
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...Andrei thinks Princess Marya is safe, that’s not true. After Alpatych returns from Smolensk, Prince Nikolai springs into action. He calls up the village militia, deciding to stay and defend Bald... (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 the village militia. But soon... (full context)
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...Marya prepares the household to move again. The morning of departure, the doctor says Prince Nikolai is a little better and trying to communicate. Marya goes to her father, who looks... (full context)
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After this exchange, Prince Nikolai becomes more agitated, talking about his son, the Emperor, and the war. Then he has... (full context)
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...who’s trusted and respected by the Bolkonskys and peasants alike. On the day of Prince Nikolai’s funeral, Alpatych orders Dron to prepare horses for the carriages and carts that will soon... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 2: Chapters 13–14
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On August 17th, Rostov, Ilyin, and Lavrushka go to Bogucharovo in search of hay. The estate is right between... (full context)
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Alpatych approach Rostov. Alpatych leads Rostov a little distance from the drunken, singing muzhiks so they can talk... (full context)
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When Rostov sees Princess Marya’s bright eyes and listens to her trembling account of events, he finds... (full context)
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When Rostov rejoins Ilyin and Lavrushka, he’s in a much different mood. He walks toward the village... (full context)
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Rostov keeps his distance from Princess Marya and rides with her as far as the inn... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 2: Chapters 15–18
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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... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 3: Chapters 10–14
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In the bustle surrounding Petya’s visit, Sonya is the only Rostov who deals with the practical details of leaving. Yet she feels depressed about Nikolai’s recent... (full context)
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When Countess Rostov hears that there are drunken riots in the streets, the family starts packing more hastily.... (full context)
Volume 4, Part 1: Chapters 4–8
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...speak of almost anything else—getting paid, getting to rest, and such things. For his part, Nikolai Rostov takes a direct role in the defense of Russia, yet he doesn’t think much... (full context)
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When Nikolai gets a break from active duty, he’s overjoyed to travel through the countryside and see... (full context)
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While Nikolai is flirting suggestively with the officer’s wife, to her husband’s dismay, the governor’s wife pulls... (full context)
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Over supper, Nikolai remembers Sonya and panics, so before leaving the party, he takes the governor’s wife aside... (full context)
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After meeting Rostov, Princess Marya had gone to Moscow and found a letter from Prince Andrei, telling her... (full context)
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Before Rostov’s visit, Princess Marya frets endlessly. She is sure that she’ll embarrass herself. But when Rostov... (full context)
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...in mourning, the governor’s wife arranges a meeting between the two after church one day. Nikolai doesn’t intend to propose, feeling this would be wrong because of his informal promise to... (full context)
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...her brother’s wound in the newspaper and is ready to go searching for him. When Rostov hears about the surrendering of Moscow, he longs to be back in the regiment, where... (full context)
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That evening, Rostov paces his room, thinking about his life. Princess Marya’s luminous beauty and grace will stick... (full context)
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Lavrushka interrupts Nikolai’s prayers with some letters. The first letter is from Sonya. Nikolai immediately rips it open... (full context)
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Sonya wrote her letter from the Trinity monastery. Lately, Countess Rostov has been more and more determined to marry Nikolai to a rich woman. A few... (full context)
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When the wounded Prince Andrei is discovered among the Rostovs’ wagon train, Sonya feels relieved. She knows that Natasha still loves Prince Andrei and that... (full context)
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When the Rostovs stop for a stay at the Trinity monastery, Natasha has a long talk with Prince... (full context)
Volume 4, Part 1: Chapters 14–16
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When Princess Marya hears that Prince Andrei is with the Rostovs in Yaroslavl, she immediately makes plans to go there herself, along with seven-year-old Nikolushka. The... (full context)
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...He also seems indifferent to news of the destruction of Moscow. Andrei tells Marya that Nikolai Rostov wrote to him, speaking highly of her, and that he thinks it would be... (full context)
Volume 4, Part 3: Chapters 1–4
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...officer arrives with a message from his general. The officer turns out to be Petya Rostov. Denisov warmly welcomes Nikolai’s little brother and lets him spend the night. (full context)
Volume 4, Part 4: Chapters 15–20
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...Natasha says they’ll both be so happy someday, when she marries Pierre and Marya marries Nikolai, but Marya doesn’t want to talk about that. Natasha wonders why Pierre went to Petersburg,... (full context)
Epilogue, Part 1: Chapters 5–7
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When the Count dies, Nikolai is with the Russian troops in Paris. He immediately resigns and returns to Moscow, where... (full context)
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Natasha and Pierre don’t realize how bad Nikolai’s situation is. He not only has to support the Countess and Sonya on a small... (full context)
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That winter, when Princess Marya hears how Nikolai is sacrificing for his mother, she feels confirmed in her love for him. When Marya... (full context)
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In 1814, Nikolai and Princess Marya get married, and Countess Rostov and Sonya join the couple at Bald... (full context)
Epilogue, Part 1: Chapters 8–16
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Nikolai has a hot temper and is quick to fight. In the second year of his... (full context)
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In the province, Nikolai isn’t especially liked among the gentry. He doesn’t concern himself with their interests—he’s always absorbed... (full context)
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...Natasha and her children are visiting Bald Hills while Pierre is doing business in Petersburg. Nikolai’s old friend Denisov also comes to visit. On the feast of St. Nicholas, Nikolai’s name-day,... (full context)
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After dinner, however, Nikolai and Marya talk comfortably, three-year-old Natasha, Nikolai’s favorite daughter, perched on his shoulders. When Marya... (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 Natasha; she is so occupied with her children and her... (full context)
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...homecoming has an effect on each of these. The servants are happy because this means Nikolai will be more cheerful, and they’ll all receive nice gifts for the feast day. The... (full context)
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...to Pierre’s meeting with Prince Fyodor. At this cue, the men, including Nikolenka, retreat to Nikolai’s study and the women go to the nursery. In his study, Pierre paces and gestures... (full context)
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Pierre says that independent thinkers must stand against corrupting trends in government. Nikolai is skeptical; he thinks a secret society would do more harm than good. Pierre suggests... (full context)
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...leaves. Embarrassed, Nikolenka notices that while he listened to the men talk, he fidgeted with Nikolai’s pens and broke them. He apologizes to his uncle, who says with suppressed anger that... (full context)
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Supper is friendlier, as Nikolai, Denisov, and Pierre reminisce about 1812. Afterward, when Nikolai goes to his bedroom, he finds... (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... (full context)
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...Nikolenka is alone with his thoughts too much. She continues fretting over her nephew while Nikolai speaks of his estate business. Nikolai notices her troubled face and marvels at her lofty... (full context)
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...another’s thoughts. They talk about the argument in the study, and Pierre observes that, for Nikolai, thinking is an amusing pastime, while for him, everything else is a pastime. He can’t... (full context)
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...marching toward “glory.” As they get closer, the white lines entangle them. They see uncle Nikolai standing ahead of them, looking stern. Nikolai points at the broken pens and says that... (full context)