War and Peace

War and Peace

by

Leo Tolstoy

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Prince Andrei Bolkonsky Character Analysis

Prince Andrei is the son of Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky and brother of Princess Marya Bolkonsky. At the beginning of the novel, he is married to Lise, “the little princess,” but he’s discontent with married life and disgusted with Petersburg society. He enlists in the war as an adjutant to General Kutuzov. Prince Andrei comes across as aloof and arrogant to most people, though he quickly gains Kutuzov’s trust because of his competence. Early on, Andrei has a mocking attitude toward Princess Lise and doesn’t sympathize with her fears of childbirth and loneliness. He isn’t very concerned about life’s deeper meaning and lacks his sister Marya’s devout faith. Before the battle of Austerlitz, he longs for glory in battle, but after being wounded and contemplating the beauty of the sky, he realizes such glory can’t be the goal of life, and that even men like Napoleon aren’t very significant. After the battle, it’s rumored that he died, but he arrives home just before the little princess dies giving birth to their son, Nikolushka. Disillusioned, Andrei briefly lapses into nihilism and solitude, but after being inspired by both his good friend Pierre and Natasha Rostov to change his life, he begins working on Speranskys government reforms in Petersburg. He soon grows disenchanted with this work, however, and after further meetings with Natasha, he proposes to her, touched by her joyful simplicity. However, his disapproving father sends him abroad for a year, and Andrei tells Natasha they can break the engagement if her feelings fade. After Natasha’s thwarted elopement with Anatole Kuragin, Prince Andrei returns to the army. At the battle of Borodino, he is severely injured by a shell explosion. As he recovers, his fear of death leaves him, and when he sees Anatole suffering from a terrible injury, he forgives Anatole for luring Natasha away from him. Along with other wounded soldiers, he ends up in the Rostovs’ care, faithfully tended by Natasha, whom he also forgives. He spends his last days contemplating eternal love, realizing this is the point of life.

Prince Andrei Bolkonsky Quotes in War and Peace

The War and Peace quotes below are all either spoken by Prince Andrei Bolkonsky or refer to Prince Andrei Bolkonsky. 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.
Volume 1, Part 1: Chapters 5–6 Quotes

“There’s war now against Napoleon. If it were a war for freedom, I could understand it, I’d be the first to go into military service; but to help England and Austria against the greatest man in the world . . . is not right.”

Prince Andrei merely shrugged his shoulders at Pierre’s childish talk. He made it look as though he could not reply to such stupidity; but in fact it was hard to reply to this naive question in any other way than Prince Andrei had done.

“If everyone made war only according to his own convictions, there would be no war,” he said. […]

“Well, what makes you go to war?” asked Pierre.

“What makes me? I don’t know. I have to. Besides, I’m going . . .” He paused. “I’m going because this life I lead here, this life— is not for me!”

Related Characters: Pierre Bezukhov (speaker), Prince Andrei Bolkonsky (speaker), Napoleon Bonaparte
Page Number: 25
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Volume 1, Part 3: Chapters 14–19 Quotes

There was nothing over him now except the sky—the lofty sky, not clear, but still immeasurably lofty, with gray clouds slowly creeping across it. “How quiet, calm, and solemn, not at all like when I was running,” thought Prince Andrei, “not like when we were running, shouting, and fighting; not at all like when the Frenchman and the artillerist, with angry and frightened faces, were pulling at the swab— it’s quite different the way the clouds creep across this lofty, infinite sky. How is it I haven’t seen this lofty sky before? And how happy I am that I’ve finally come to know it. Yes! everything is empty, everything is a deception, except this infinite sky. There is nothing, nothing except that. But there is not even that, there is nothing except silence, tranquillity. And thank God!...”

Related Characters: Prince Andrei Bolkonsky (speaker)
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Page Number: 281
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“Voilà une belle mort,” said Napoleon, looking at Bolkonsky.

Prince Andrei understood that it had been said about him, and that it was Napoleon speaking. […] But he heard these words as if he was hearing the buzzing of a fly. He not only was not interested, he did not even notice, and at once forgot them. […] He knew that it was Napoleon— his hero— but at that moment, Napoleon seemed to him such a small, insignificant man compared with what was now happening between his soul and this lofty, infinite sky with clouds racing across it. To him it was all completely the same at that moment who was standing over him or what he said about him; he was only glad that people had stopped over him and only wished that those people would help him and bring him back to life, which seemed so beautiful to him, because he now understood it so differently.

Related Characters: Prince Andrei Bolkonsky (speaker), Napoleon Bonaparte
Related Symbols: Sky
Page Number: 291
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Volume 2, Part 2: Chapters 10–14 Quotes

“To live only so as not to do evil, so as not to repent, is too little. I used to live that way, I lived for myself, and I ruined my life. And only now, when I live, or at least try to live” (Pierre corrected himself out of modesty) “for others, only now have I understood all the happiness of life. No, I won’t agree with you, and you don’t really think what you’re saying.” Prince Andrei silently gazed at Pierre with a mocking smile.

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“Maybe you’re right for yourself,” he went on after a brief pause, “[…] But I experienced the opposite. I used to live for glory. (What is glory? The same as love for others, the desire to do something for them, the desire for their praise.) So I lived for others and ruined my life— and not almost, but completely. And I’ve been at peace since I began living for myself alone.”

Related Characters: Pierre Bezukhov (speaker), Prince Andrei Bolkonsky (speaker)
Page Number: 384
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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 18–22 Quotes

On returning home, Prince Andrei began to recall his Petersburg life of those last four months as if it was something new. […] He recalled his work on legislation, the concern with which he had translated the articles of the Roman and French codes into Russian, and he felt ashamed of himself. Then he vividly pictured Bogucharovo, his occupations in the country, his trip to Ryazan, recalled the muzhiks, the headman Dron, and applying to them the personal rights he had classified by paragraphs, he felt astonished that he could have been occupied with such idle work for so long.

Related Characters: Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, Dron
Page Number: 466
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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 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 8–11 Quotes

It is only because military men are clothed in splendor and power, and masses of scoundrels flatter power, endowing it with qualities of genius it does not have, that they are called geniuses. On the contrary, the best generals I knew were stupid or absentminded people. […] A good commander not only does not need genius or any special qualities, but, on the contrary, he needs the absence of the best and highest human qualities— love, poetry, tenderness, a searching philosophical doubt. […] The merit of success in military affairs does not depend on them, but on the man in the ranks who shouts ‘We’re lost!’ or shouts ‘Hurrah!’ And it is only in the ranks that one can serve with the assurance of being useful!

Related Characters: Prince Andrei Bolkonsky (speaker)
Page Number: 644
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Volume 3, Part 2: Chapters 24–25 Quotes

“Take no prisoners,” Prince Andrei went on. “That alone would change the whole war and make it less cruel. As it is, we’ve been playing at war— that’s the nasty thing, we act magnanimously and all that. It’s like the magnanimity and sentimentality of the lady who swoons when she sees a calf slaughtered […] We’re told about the rules of war, about chivalry, about parleying, sparing the unfortunate, and so on. It’s all nonsense. I saw chivalry and parleying in 1805: they cheated us, we cheated them. They loot other people’s houses, spread false banknotes, and worst of all— kill my children and my father, and then talk about the rules of war and magnanimity towards the enemy. […]

If there was none of this magnanimity in war, we’d go to it only when it was worth going to certain death, as now.”

Related Characters: Prince Andrei Bolkonsky (speaker), Pierre Bezukhov
Page Number: 775
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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 1: Chapters 14–16 Quotes

In those hours of suffering solitude and half delirium that he spent after being wounded, the more he pondered the new principle of eternal love revealed to him, the more, though without feeling it himself, he renounced earthly life. To love everything, everybody, always to sacrifice oneself for love, meant to love no one, meant not to live this earthly life. And the more imbued he was with this principle of love, the more he renounced life and the more completely he destroyed that dreadful barrier which, without love, stands between life and death. When, in that first time, he remembered that he had to die, he said to himself: “Well, so much the better.”

Related Characters: Prince Andrei Bolkonsky (speaker)
Page Number: 982
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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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Prince Andrei Bolkonsky Character Timeline in War and Peace

The timeline below shows where the character Prince Andrei Bolkonsky appears in War and Peace. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Volume 1, Part 1: Chapters 1–4
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...troublesome Anatole. Anna Pavlovna suggests marrying off Anatole, perhaps to their mutual relation Princess Marya Bolkonsky. The Princess is rich and unhappy, and her brother Prince Andrei will be here tonight.... (full context)
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More members of the Petersburg nobility arrive for the party, including Princess Lise Bolkonsky and Prince Vassily’s son Ippolit. Princess Bolkonsky, beautiful and aglow with her pregnancy, charms everyone,... (full context)
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...Princess Hélène, Prince Vassily’s daughter, draws everyone’s admiration as she sits before the Viscount. Princess Bolkonsky and Prince Ippolit join the Viscount’s audience, too. Prince Ippolit resembles his sister Princess Hélène,... (full context)
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...European peace—by drawing them both into the circle, too. Just then Princess Lise’s husband, Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, enters the room. He looks bored. (full context)
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Anna Pavlovna asks Prince Andrei Bolkonsky about his war enlistment. Bolkonsky explains that General Kutuzov wanted him as an adjutant,... (full context)
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The moment is awkward, and Prince Andrei gets up to leave. However, Prince Ippolit jumps up and gestures for everyone to stay.... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 1: Chapters 5–6
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At home, Prince Andrei and his friend Pierre discuss the latter’s future. While in Petersburg, Pierre is supposed to... (full context)
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...impending departure for the countryside. When the Princess says she’s afraid to live alone with Andrei’s family while pregnant, Andrei cuts her short. Even though Pierre is still there, Lise starts... (full context)
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Prince Andrei and Pierre have supper. Eventually, Andrei passionately blurts out a warning to his friend: never... (full context)
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...figures that he’d given his word both to Anatole (that he’d show up) and to Andrei (that he wouldn’t), and that such contradictory “words of honor” must be meaningless in the... (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 expected... (full context)
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On the morning of Prince Andrei’s arrival, Marya timidly enters her father’s study for their daily meeting. Prince Nikolai greets his... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 1: Chapters 23–25
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In the afternoon Prince Andrei and his wife arrive at Bald Hills. Since Prince Nikolai is still napping, they surprise... (full context)
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In a special exception, Prince Nikolai allows Prince Andrei to visit his quarters before dinner. Cheerful after his nap, he greets his son with,... (full context)
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At dinner, Prince Nikolai joins Prince Andrei, the little princess, Princess Marya, Mlle Bourienne, and the Prince’s architect Mikhail Ivanovich, whom he’s... (full context)
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After dinner, Prince Andrei prepares for his departure the following day. He ponders his future. Princess Marya rushes in... (full context)
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Princess Marya begs Prince Andrei to fulfill a request for her. She takes out an icon of Christ, says a... (full context)
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Prince Andrei’s coach stands outside in the autumn evening; the household gathers in the hall to bid... (full context)
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In a shrill voice, Prince Nikolai tells Prince Andrei that though he’ll grieve if his son dies, he’ll be most ashamed if he hears... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 2: Chapters 1–3
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...pitiful boots to the Austrian. A suite of about 20 men follows Kutuzov, with Prince Andrei Bolkonsky walking nearest. At one point, Prince Andrei steps forward to remind Kutuzov about the... (full context)
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...doubts that the Austrians really need Russian help at this point.  Kutuzov turns to Prince Andrei and orders him to prepare a report on all that’s known about the Austrian army’s... (full context)
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Before Prince Andrei can leave headquarters, a bandaged Austrian general hurriedly enters in search of Kutuzov. The flustered... (full context)
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Prince Andrei understands the military implications of this development better than most, and he feels excited as... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 2: Chapters 9–12
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...untended sick and wounded, the Russians celebrate, and optimistic rumors fly. During the battle, Prince Andrei’s horse was shot out from under him, and a bullet grazed his arm. As a... (full context)
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At the Austrian headquarters, Prince Andrei’s joy is slightly dashed when he’s taken in through a side entrance and led not... (full context)
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Prince Andrei stays with a friend, a promising Russian diplomat and bachelor named Bilibin. Over dinner, Prince... (full context)
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Prince Andrei begins to realize the insignificance of the Russian victory in the greater scheme of things.... (full context)
The next day, Prince Andrei’s audience with Emperor Franz is awkward. The Emperor asks Andrei simple questions and shows no... (full context)
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Prince Andrei is saddened by the news, yet happy to think that this might be his opportunity... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 2: Chapters 13–20
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That night, Prince Andrei goes in search of the Russian army, getting caught in the disorderly mass of men... (full context)
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In the village, Prince Andrei runs into Nesvitsky and another officer, who know no more than he does. In a... (full context)
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Prince Andrei persuades Kutuzov to let him join Bagration’s detachment. He surveys the condition of Bagration’s bedraggled... (full context)
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Having ridden along the line of the troops, Prince Andrei goes up the battery. From here he can see the distant village of Schöngraben and... (full context)
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The battle begins in earnest. Prince Andrei rides in search of Prince Bagration. General Murat has just received Napoleon’s letter, and he... (full context)
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...The French begin to press into both the right and left Russian flanks. As Prince Andrei listens to Bagration’s orders, he’s surprised that no orders are actually given—Bagration acts as if... (full context)
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...even as a cannonball crashes among them. Bagration dismounts and joins the soldiers, and Prince Andrei, too, feels a kind of euphoria. As the French begin to shoot, Bagration yells, “Hurrah!”... (full context)
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...he’s entered a fantasy world—he’s like a giant flinging cannonballs at the enemy. Then Prince Andrei gets through with the order to retreat. After Andrei helps Tushin remove the guns, Tushin... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 2: Chapter 21
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...Tushin, numbly watching their campfire. In a nearby cottage, Prince Bagration eats dinner with Prince Andrei and other officers. The regimental commander tells Bagration that he led a bayonet attack, though... (full context)
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...abandoned. Disgraced, Tushin stumbles over his words—he hadn’t thought of it until this moment. Prince Andrei speaks up in Tushin’s defense, saying that when he joined Tushin, he found most of... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 3: Chapters 6–9
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In the middle of the story, Prince Andrei Bolkonsky walks in. Prince Andrei can’t stand boastful front-line hussars; Rostov, in turn, scorns adjutants.... (full context)
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The next day, Boris visits Bolkonsky in Olmütz, seeking an appointment to an adjutant position. He feels he’s in a more... (full context)
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After Prince Andrei deals with a report from a purple-faced general (who stares resentfully at Boris all the... (full context)
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Prince Andrei introduces Boris to Prince Dolgorukov, who’s part of the group that argued for the offensive.... (full context)
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...cross paths with minister of foreign affairs Prince Adam Czartoryski, a young man whom Prince Andrei dislikes. Upon such men, Prince Andrei acknowledges to Boris, the fates of nations rest. Boris... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 3: Chapters 10–13
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...day before the battle are like the minutely tuned motions of a mechanical clock. Prince Andrei senses that Kutuzov is upset about what he’s been told at headquarters, so he asks... (full context)
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...of the Austrian army, eagerly shows his battle plan while Kutuzov sits by sulkily. Prince Andrei enters the room about seven o’clock to tell Kutuzov that Prince Bagration isn’t coming, then... (full context)
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...is weak and that if he meant to attack, he would have done so already. Andrei starts to voice an objection himself, whereupon Kutuzov suddenly wakes up, tells them all that... (full context)
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Prince Andrei feels disturbed. He doesn’t know who’s right, but it seems to him that many lives... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 3: Chapters 14–19
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At eight o’clock, Kutuzov rides to Pratz, intending to lead the regiment himself. Prince Andrei is with him, feeling that today is going to be a momentous day for him.... (full context)
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...half away, as they’d believed, but just down the hill in front of them. Prince Andrei rides toward Kutuzov to speak to him, but suddenly a burst of gunfire fills the... (full context)
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Back on the hill below Pratz, Prince Andrei Bolkonsky lies bleeding and moaning. In the evening, when he revives from a faint, his... (full context)
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Andrei passes out and, the next time he’s aware of anything, he's resting in the hospital.... (full context)
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Someone puts Marya’s little icon back around Prince Andrei’s neck. Looking at it, Andrei wishes everything could be as simple for him as it... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 1: Chapters 1–6
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...foil for Kutuzov. Heroic stories circulate about other soldiers and officers. Nobody talks about Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, though—only that he died regrettably early, leaving a pregnant wife behind. (full context)
Volume 2, Part 1: Chapters 7–9
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Two months have passed since everyone at Bald Hills learned of Prince Andrei’s disappearance at Austerlitz. They’ve sent letters through the Russian embassy trying to locate him—he could... (full context)
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...brightness, yet his expression gives away the truth. Prince Nikolai shrilly tells his daughter that Andrei has been killed. Marya weeps as she embraces her father, wondering if Andrei repented of... (full context)
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...pray, but she remains agitated. Later, Marya’s old nanny, Praskovya Savishna, comes in with Prince Andrei’s old wedding candles, lights them before an icon, and prays. The whole house feels tense... (full context)
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...she thinks she hears a familiar voice. Marya tells herself it can’t possibly be Prince Andrei’s—yet he suddenly appears around the corner, pale, thin, with a softened expression. “You didn’t get... (full context)
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When Prince Andrei enters the little princess’s room, she doesn’t seem to grasp the significance of his arrival.... (full context)
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When Prince Andrei goes to his father’s study, Prince Nikolai already knows about his return and his daughter-in-law’s... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 2: Chapters 5–9
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...Russian borders. Recruits are gathered from the villages, and conflicting rumors fly. Since 1805, the Bolkonskys’ lives have changed a lot. In 1806, Prince Nikolai is made one of Russia’s eight... (full context)
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Prince Nikolai has given Andrei an estate called Bogucharovo, 30 miles away, and Andrei begins spending most of his time... (full context)
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At the end of February, 1807, Prince Andrei stays at Bald Hills while his father is traveling on duty. Baby Nikolushka is sick.... (full context)
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Prince Andrei retreats to the next room to read the letter that’s come from his father. Prince... (full context)
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...is dated before the battle of Preussisch-Eylau, and Bilibin pours out his heart to Prince Andrei. He writes of how Bonaparte has “[beaten] the stuffing” out of their Prussian allies. As... (full context)
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Finishing the letter, Prince Andrei crumples it and tosses it aside in anger. He’s disgusted that army life can still... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 2: Chapters 10–14
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Rejuvenated from the country, Pierre decides to visit Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, whom he hasn’t seen for two years. He finds him at Bogucharovo, a flat,... (full context)
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...marriage. When Pierre says it would’ve been wrong to kill Dolokhov in the duel, Prince Andrei says it wouldn’t necessarily have been wrong—people have always been mistaken in their judgment about... (full context)
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Prince Andrei says that Pierre will get along well with Princess Marya. He also says that his... (full context)
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Pierre finds this view appalling, but Andrei maintains that he didn’t choose to be alive, so the best he can do is... (full context)
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That evening, Prince Andrei and Pierre drive to Bald Hills. Pierre is downcast—he keeps wanting to enlighten Prince Andrei... (full context)
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As they cross a river by ferry, however, Prince Andrei asks how it can be true that the Masons alone know the nature of truth—aren’t... (full context)
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...and a person finds happiness by striving for these, looking toward eternity. In response, Prince Andrei only says, “If only it were so!” But when he looks into the sky, he... (full context)
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As Pierre and Prince Andrei arrive at Bald Hills, Prince Andrei points out four people, including a bent old woman... (full context)
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Prince Andrei asks the wanderers about their travels, and the old woman, Pelageyushka, starts talking about a... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 3: Chapters 1–6
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Prince Andrei still lives in the country. Without saying anything about it, Andrei has quietly carried out... (full context)
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One spring day in 1809, Prince Andrei visits his son’s estates at Ryazan. Along the way, his coach passes a massive, gnarled... (full context)
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Count Rostov is the province’s marshal of nobility, and in May, Prince Andrei must visit him in connection with his son’s properties. As Andrei drives up to Otradnoe,... (full context)
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Later, as Prince Andrei sits through Count Rostov’s dull entertainments, he keeps glancing at Natasha. Unable to sleep that... (full context)
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The next day, Prince Andrei departs for home. Once again, he pauses in the birch woods, looking for the old... (full context)
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After his trip, Prince Andrei decides that he must go to Petersburg. It feels imperative that he begin to take... (full context)
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...to realize the “vague liberal dreams” he’d brought to the throne with him. When Prince Andrei appears at court in Petersburg, he feels that the sovereign dislikes him and assumes it’s... (full context)
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When Prince Andrei gets his chance to meet with Count Arakcheev, the minister grumbles about the proliferation of... (full context)
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While in Petersburg, Prince Andrei renews the acquaintances of people who can benefit him. Speransky’s civil reforms remind him of... (full context)
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Prince Andrei’s admiration for the bright and aloof Speransky reminds him of what he once felt for... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 3: Chapters 11–17
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...Mme Peronsky points out the distinguished guests, including Countess Hélène Bezukhov, various foreign ambassadors, and Andrei Bolkonsky. Natasha remembers him from his visit to Otradnoe and is pleased to see him,... (full context)
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...Rostovs are asked to step aside to make room. Eventually, Pierre walks up to Prince Andrei, who’s chatting with someone about politics, and asks him to dance with Miss Rostov. When... (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 night at Otradnoe when he overheard... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 3: Chapters 18–22
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The next day, Prince Andrei struggles to settle down to his work, so he’s relieved when Bitsky, a fellow commissioner... (full context)
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Nevertheless, Prince Andrei shows up for a small dinner at Speransky’s that evening. Listening to Speransky’s high-pitched laughter... (full context)
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The next day Prince Andrei visits the Rostovs. He’d once judged the Rostovs harshly, but he’s now touched by their... (full context)
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...there, too, and Pierre notices that she seems uncharacteristically quiet and withdrawn. But when Prince Andrei walks in and approaches her, she suddenly glows. Pierre notices that Prince Andrei seems lighter... (full context)
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Prince Andrei spends the next day at the Rostovs’. Natasha is pale with nervous anticipation; Prince Andrei... (full context)
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...to ward off his doubts by 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... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 3: Chapters 23–26
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The next day, Prince Andrei travels to Bald Hills to ask his father’s permission to marry. Prince Nikolai receives the... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Natasha doesn’t know that Prince Andrei has left Petersburg, and she spends three weeks sulking. After that, she decides to resume... (full context)
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...she thinks, “Can it be that this stranger has now become everything for me?” Prince Andrei approaches her shyly, saying that he’s loved her since he first set eyes on her... (full context)
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Natasha tries to grasp the idea that she’s now grown up. Prince Andrei explains the necessity of a year’s absence. If this year of testing shows Natasha that... (full context)
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Natasha grows to understand Prince Andrei’s feelings and loosens up around him; her merry moods make him laugh wholeheartedly. However, his... (full context)
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When Prince Andrei comes to Bald Hills, he doesn’t tell Princess Marya about his engagement. After he goes... (full context)
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Marya continues writing that her brother Andrei has finally “revived morally.” For this reason, she discounts the rumor that he’s engaged to... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 4: Chapters 1–6
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...take place. Countess Rostov secretly agrees with Nikolai, believing that there’s nothing legitimately keeping Prince Andrei abroad and away from Natasha. (full context)
Volume 2, Part 4: Chapters 7–13
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...has already been chosen. Natasha wonders about her brother’s choice of words—does he imply that Andrei wouldn’t understand the kind of joy they’re sharing here? She dismisses the thought from her... (full context)
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...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 traveling home. Natasha still loves him,... (full context)
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...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 will change. The countess persuades Natasha... (full context)
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...eyes. She didn’t see anything, but pressed by Natasha, she haltingly claims to have seen Andrei with a cheerful face. As she talks about it, Sonya begins to think she did... (full context)
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...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 living an exciting life abroad while she languishes... (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... (full context)
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That winter Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky comes to Moscow with Princess Marya. Emperor Alexander has fallen out of favor, and Prince... (full context)
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...always in a bad mood, and whenever Princess Marya tries to fulfill her promise to Andrei to prepare her father for Andrei’s marriage to Natasha, it goes poorly. Worse, as she... (full context)
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...Pierre because he’s so kind to 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.”... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 5: Chapters 5–10
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...Natasha and Sonya. They must sell the Moscow estate and prepare for Natasha’s wedding; Prince Andrei is expected back in town any day. They stay with Marya Dmitrievna Akhrosimov, an industrious,... (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 the Bolkonskys will love her—everybody else... (full context)
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...isn’t the time. Back at Marya Dmitrievna’s, however, she sobs in her room, longing for Andrei, while Sonya tries to comfort her. (full context)
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...opera. Studying her lovely appearance in the mirror, Natasha comforts herself with thoughts of Prince Andrei. When the Rostovs enter their opera box, the crowd stares at them curiously, knowing Natasha... (full context)
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...her over. By the time she returns to the Rostovs’ box, Natasha feels that Prince Andrei, Princess Marya, and her country life are far away. (full context)
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...She convinces herself that she didn’t provoke Anatole’s attentions and that her love for Prince Andrei remains intact, yet at the same time, she fears the purity of that love has... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 5: Chapters 11–13
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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 Andrei are mixed up with... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 5: Chapters 14–17
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...Marya Dmitrievna calls Natasha and Count Rostov over. She tells them what happened at the Bolkonskys’ yesterday—she and Prince Nikolai got into a shouting match. She recommends that the Rostovs return... (full context)
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...immediately tells Sonya that she loves Anatole. When Sonya asks how she can reject Prince Andrei, Natasha impatiently tells her not to say stupid things. Though it’s only been a few... (full context)
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...hear this, sends Sonya out, and writes back to Princess Marya. She writes that Prince Andrei had given her full freedom, and that she now knows she can’t be his wife.... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 5: Chapters 18–22
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Marya Dmitrievna is afraid that, if Count Rostov or Prince Andrei learn what’s happened, they’ll challenge Anatole to a duel. She asks Pierre to order his... (full context)
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Pierre gets a note from Prince Andrei, who’s just arrived in Moscow. As soon as Andrei arrived, Prince Nikolai gave him Natasha’s... (full context)
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In the study, Pierre finds Prince Andrei in an animated political argument with his father and another prince about Speransky, who’s been... (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.... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 1: Chapters 8–11
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After Prince Andrei meets with Pierre in Moscow, he travels to Petersburg to meet with Prince Anatole Kuragin.... (full context)
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Prince Andrei hopes to meet with Anatole in order to find a pretext for a duel. However,... (full context)
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When he’s transferred to the Western Army, Prince Andrei stops at Bald Hills on the way. After so much upheaval and travel, he’s struck... (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... (full context)
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Prince Andrei arrives at army headquarters on the Drissa, where he’s assigned to Barclay de Tolly, at... (full context)
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During his time at headquarters, Prince Andrei observes several tendencies and parties. The first party, made up predominantly of German princes, surrounds... (full context)
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About the time that Prince Andrei joins headquarters, another group of seasoned statesmen also emerges. These people believe that the sovereign’s... (full context)
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Before this happens, Barclay tells Prince Andrei that the Emperor wishes to see him. Andrei finds an informal council of war gathered... (full context)
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Emperor Alexander arrives and greets Bolkonsky, inviting him into the room where the informal war council is gathered. Animated and sarcastic,... (full context)
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...every voice contains a hint of panic about Napoleon’s military genius. For his part, Prince Andrei finds it increasingly obvious that there can be no such thing as military science—there are... (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 tells them he’ll do his... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 1: Chapters 16–18
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...the Razumovskys’ house chapel, as they always do. Natasha overhears young men whispering about her, Bolkonsky, and Kuragin. She used to take pride in her beauty at such moments, but now... (full context)
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...how to live a good life. During the prayers, Natasha prays earnestly for both Prince Andrei and Anatole. Later in the service, the priest unexpectedly kneels to lead the congregation in... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 2: Chapters 1–5
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The day after Prince Andrei leaves, Prince Nikolai blames Princess Marya for his son’s departure. He stays in his study... (full context)
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...Nikolai refuses to acknowledge the war, so Marya assumes it isn’t very important. Meanwhile, Prince Andrei sends his father a humble letter asking his forgiveness. Prince Nikolai responds warmly and distances... (full context)
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...fires. As Alpatych stands with a crowd watching a blazing barn, he suddenly hears Prince Andrei’s voice. Alpatych bursts into tears, asking his master’s son if Russia is lost. Prince Andrei... (full context)
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...army continues to retreat from Smolensk with the French in pursuit. On August 10th, Prince Andrei’s regiment passes right by the avenue to Bald Hills. The land lies under a severe... (full context)
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Though Prince Andrei has received word that his family fled Bald Hills for Moscow, he feels compelled to... (full context)
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...in a small, muddy pond, whooping with delight. Their merriment is somehow sad. Timokhin encourages Andrei to swim, too, but he decides to have a shower in a nearby shed instead.... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 2: Chapters 6–12
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Though Prince Andrei thinks Princess Marya is safe, that’s not true. After Alpatych returns from Smolensk, Prince Nikolai... (full context)
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...estate, Marya becomes anxious. More than anything, she feels insulted on her father’s and Prince Andrei’s behalf.  Glad to be distracted from her grief, Marya talks with Dron and orders that... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 2: Chapters 15–18
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After Kutuzov takes command of the armies, he orders Prince Andrei to headquarters. While Prince Andrei waits for Kutuzov to return from a review of the... (full context)
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...the yard, attended by a crowd of fawning generals and officers. He tiredly greets Prince Andrei and, when Andrei mentions he’s just learned of his father’s death, Kutuzov embraces him tenderly,... (full context)
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Prince Andrei is invited to stay while Kutuzov signs some papers. In the meantime, Kutuzov listens patiently... (full context)
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Before Andrei goes, Kutuzov talks with him about criticisms he sustained for his actions in the Turkish... (full context)
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When Prince Andrei returns to his regiment, he feels calmer. He believes that Kutuzov understands that there’s something... (full context)
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...Natasha, calling him her “knight,” and Pierre gets annoyed. Julie changes the subject to Marya Bolkonsky, who’s soon arriving in Moscow after the death of her father. She tells the story... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 2: Chapters 24–25
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That evening of August 25th, Prince Andrei lies in a shed on the outskirts of a village. He feels nervous and excited,... (full context)
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Prince Andrei hears someone cursing in French outside his shelter. He finds Pierre tripping over a pole.... (full context)
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Prince Andrei argues that a healthy Russia could be commanded by anyone, including a “precise German” like... (full context)
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Prince Andrei and Pierre hear Wolzogen and Clausewitz riding by, conversing in German. They’re discussing the importance... (full context)
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Up until now, Prince Andrei says, the armies have been merely “playing at war,” pretending to be chivalrous. But there’s... (full context)
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Prince Andrei can’t sleep that night. He remembers an evening in Petersburg when Natasha exuberantly told him... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 2: Chapters 36–39
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Prince Andrei’s reserve regiment is stationed behind Semyonovskoe. In the afternoon, the regiment is moved into the... (full context)
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At one point, a shell lands two paces from Prince Andrei. As he stands frozen, he looks with “new, envious eyes” at the meadow surrounding him,... (full context)
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Prince Andrei is carried to the vast dressing station in the woods. While he waits to be... (full context)
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When Prince Andrei is carried into a tent, those waiting grumble at the preferential treatment. Prince Andrei feels... (full context)
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When Prince Andrei hears another man sobbing, he wants to weep in sympathy. The man’s leg has been... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 3: Chapters 10–14
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...so he seems important. The man, whose outlook isn’t good, turns out to be Prince Andrei Bolkonsky. (full context)
Volume 3, Part 3: Chapters 15–17
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...two o’clock, the train of carts and carriages drives out of the Rostovs’ courtyard. Prince Andrei’s carriage catches Sonya’s attention, and when she learns who’s inside, she runs to tell the... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 3: Chapters 27–29
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...acted on it because of her youth and his illegitimacy, and his best friend Prince Andrei’s love for her. He’s so drunk he even reveals his real name, his wealth, and... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 3: Chapters 30–32
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...She’s been acting like this ever since Sonya inexplicably told her the news of Prince Andrei’s war injury and his presence nearby. Now she has a decisive expression on her face.... (full context)
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...has fallen asleep. Then she creeps barefoot across the hall to the room where Prince Andrei is staying. All day she’s known that she needs to see him, though she isn’t... (full context)
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It’s been seven days since Prince Andrei regained consciousness at Borodino. He’d been unconscious for a long time, and the doctor believed... (full context)
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In delirium, Prince Andrei keeps thinking he hears a strange, rhythmic whispering and sees a delicate structure being raised... (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... (full context)
Volume 4, Part 1: Chapters 4–8
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...aside. There’s somebody she wants him to meet—Anna Ignatyevna Malvintsev, the aunt of Princess Marya Bolkonsky. She teases Nikolai for blushing at that name. When Nikolai meets Mrs. Malvintsev, an imposing,... (full context)
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After meeting Rostov, Princess 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... (full context)
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...mind after he leaves Voronezh, he feels. Rostov has never liked spiritual men like Prince Andrei—they seem pretentious and dreamy—but in Princess Marya, the same temperament seems beautiful and angelic. He... (full context)
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...life. The other letter is from Countess Rostov, describing their departure from Moscow and Prince Andrei’s condition. Nikolai shows the letter to Princess Marya and leaves for the regiment 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... (full context)
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...stop for a stay at the Trinity monastery, Natasha has a long talk with Prince Andrei. She tells Sonya that she loves Andrei like before and can’t bear it if he... (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... (full context)
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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... (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... (full context)
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Prince Andrei tells Princess Marya that Natasha is caring for him, and that it’s strange how fate... (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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...around Princess Marya and especially Natasha. After this conversation, Princess Marya no longer hopes for Andrei’s recovery. She joins Natasha in tending her brother and prays constantly. (full context)
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Prince Andrei feels that he’s already half dead. He feels distant from earthly things and strangely light.... (full context)
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When Natasha refers to something that happened to Andrei two days earlier, she means Andrei’s last struggle between life and death. In the evening... (full context)
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Prince Andrei fell asleep thinking about love and death. It seemed to him that he understood everything,... (full context)
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Prince Andrei’s final days are quiet and simple. Princess Marya and Natasha sense that he has already... (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.... (full context)
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...understanding something and must continue to wrestle with it. She recalls a particular conversation with Andrei when he said that “to bind yourself forever to a suffering man […] is eternal... (full context)
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...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 love for her mother teaches 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,... (full context)
Volume 4, Part 4: Chapters 12–14
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...the day of his release, he saw Petya Rostov’s body. He also learned of Prince Andrei’s death over a month after his wounding at Borodino. On the same day, Denisov told... (full context)
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...a bed. He also gradually comes to understand the news of his wife’s death, Prince Andrei’s death, and the defeat of the French. During this time, he savors the feeling of... (full context)
Volume 4, Part 4: Chapters 15–20
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...after his arrival, he goes to visit Princess Marya. The last time he saw Prince Andrei, Andrei was in a bitter mood. Pierre wonders if Andrei died in the same state. (full context)
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...attention to her. Princess Marya greets him warmly as they talk of Pierre’s rescue and Andrei’s death. Marya keeps shifting her gaze to her companion, and when Pierre doesn’t acknowledge the... (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... (full context)
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...longer dreads the future. At first, the change in Natasha troubles Princess Marya—did Natasha love Andrei so little? But Marya can’t begrudge Natasha’s irrepressible happiness; she knows there is nothing to... (full context)
Epilogue, Part 1: Chapters 5–7
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...point, the family broke up. The events of the previous year—the burning of Moscow, Prince Andrei’s death and Natasha’s sorrow, Petya’s death and the Countess’s grief—seemed too much for the Count.... (full context)
Epilogue, Part 1: Chapters 8–16
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...a journey, a child recovers from a sickness, when she talks with Marya about Prince Andrei (she doesn’t speak of him to Pierre), or on the rare occasions that she sings. (full context)
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...together bits and pieces of Natasha’s and Pierre’s stories and gathers that his father Prince Andrei once loved Natasha, of whom he’s also especially fond. (full context)
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...so he can spend time with Pierre. Pierre tells Nikolenka he looks like his father Andrei. Nikolenka sits shyly in a corner and listens to the adults gossip about politics. Natasha... (full context)
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...get up for supper, Nikolenka goes up to Pierre and asks if his father Prince Andrei would have shared Pierre’s views. Pierre realizes how much Nikolenka has taken his words to... (full context)
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...turns to look at Pierre, but instead of Pierre, he is aware of his father Andrei’s formless, pitying presence. But Nikolai moves closer, and Nikolenka awakens in terror. He reflects that... (full context)