War and Peace

War and Peace

by

Leo Tolstoy

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Princess Anna Mikhailovna Drubetskoy Character Analysis

Anna Mikhailovna, a close friend of the Rostovs as well as a member of Petersburg society, is obsessed with securing a good social position for her son Boris. At the beginning of the War of 1805, she successfully begs Prince Vassily to get Boris a position in the Semyonovksy guards. Anna Mikhailovna loves to put herself at the center of any situation.
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Princess Anna Mikhailovna Drubetskoy Character Timeline in War and Peace

The timeline below shows where the character Princess Anna Mikhailovna Drubetskoy 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
Before Prince Vassily can leave, an older lady, Princess Drubetskoy , grabs his arm in the hall and pleads for his help with her son... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 1: Chapters 7–11
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Prince Vassily does as he’d promised and speaks on behalf of Princess Drubetskoy ’s son, Boris, securing him a spot in the Semyonovksy guards. In August, Princess Drubetskoy... (full context)
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...into the river. Amid their laughter, the group blames Pierre’s foreign upbringing for this behavior. Princess Drubetskoy adds the gossip that when Count Bezukhov dies, his fortune will go either to Pierre... (full context)
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...curly black hair and dark eyes. Even the prim guests can’t resist Natasha’s infectious laughter. Princess Drubetskoy ’s son Boris, a lifelong friend of the Count’s eldest son Nikolai, comes in, too.... (full context)
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Back in the drawing room, the women talk. The countess wonders how Anna Mikhailovna got Boris a place in the guards, while Nikolai will be a mere junker. Anna... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 1: Chapters 12–13
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As they drive to Count Kirill Vladimirovich Bezukhov’s, Princess Anna Mikhailovna tells Boris to be respectful toward his godfather. When they arrive, the porter tells them... (full context)
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...the Count for anything. Pierre agrees to come for dinner at the Rostovs’. Boris rejoins Anna Mikhailovna , who is in a flutter about the Count’s condition and wants to spend the... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 1: Chapters 14–17
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At the Rostovs’, the Countess weeps about her friend Anna Mikhailovna ’s plight. Finally she asks the Count for money, and he gives her 700 roubles,... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 1: Chapters 18–21
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...Vassily and Catiche must speak to Count Bezukhov about it before he dies. Catiche blames Princess Anna Mikhailovna —last winter, she got herself into the Count’s good graces. Catiche says the will can... (full context)
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Anna Mikhailovna , bold and self-assured, and Pierre enter Count Bezukhov’s anteroom, where the doctor and some... (full context)
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...in the shadow of candle-lit icons while the clergy administer extreme unction. Besides Prince Vassily, Anna Mikhailovna , and the household staff, the princesses (his cousins) are also there. At one point,... (full context)
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After tea, Pierre finds Anna Mikhailovna blocking Catiche from reentering the bedroom to talk to Count Bezukhov about the will. The... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 1: Chapter 22
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...Pierre’s controversial inheritance. In consequence, women’s attitudes toward Pierre have changed overnight. In the meantime, Princess Anna Mikhailovna is scheming to marry off Marya to Prince Vassily’s son Anatole. She closes by encouraging... (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, finds the Count laughing and crying over the news... (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... (full context)
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...He also tosses aside a letter of recommendation to Prince Bagration, secured for him by Anna Mikhailovna . Boris picks up the letter and tells him he needs it; it’s valuable. But... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 1: Chapters 1–6
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...Bezukhov’s to get fresh fruit and from there to find Ilyushka the Gypsy. Just then Anna Mikhailovna comes in with her usual longsuffering expression and offers to go to Bezukhov’s instead, since... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 5: Chapters 5–10
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Anna Mikhailovna attends the Karagins’ parties and gathers information about Julie’s properties, which she passes to Boris.... (full context)
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...men. Natasha spots Boris and Julie in their own box, evidently talking about her, with Anna Mikhailovna sitting radiantly behind them, “given over to the will of God.” Suddenly, Natasha feels humiliated... (full context)