War and Peace

War and Peace

by

Leo Tolstoy

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Princess Marya Bolkonsky Character Analysis

Princess Marya lives with her father Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky on his Bald Hills estate. She is also very close to her brother Prince Andrei, often worrying about his moral and spiritual state. Marya is a gentle, sincere, and somewhat naïve young woman. Though outwardly plain, she has luminous eyes that light up when she’s listening thoughtfully to others. She spends her days sacrificially catering to her father’s needs, seeing him as unfailingly kind and declining to judge him for his harsh moods. Princess Marya is a devout Orthodox Christian who enjoys sheltering poor, wandering pilgrims and briefly dreams of becoming one herself. She tends to deny her own needs (though she has a deep longing for romantic love, which she views as sinful) in order to bear her loved ones’ burdens. Although she’s trusting to a fault and tends to overlook others’ flaws, she also has a deep sense of pride and she refuses to be taken advantage of once she understands the reality of a situation. For example, she refuses an attempted match with Anatole Kuragin. She is friends with Julie Karagin, with whom she often exchanges letters, though it becomes clear that Julie doesn’t respect her. Over the years, her father treats her with increasing cruelty, but they reconcile when he’s on his deathbed. Around this time Princess Marya begins to hope for a different life, and after Nikolai Rostov helps her manage some rebellious peasants, she suspects she could love him. With Natasha Rostov, she shares the duties of nursing Prince Andrei when he’s dying of war wounds. Despite a rocky start, she and Natasha become best friends and live together in Moscow. In 1814, she and Nikolai finally renew their romance, get married, and move to Bald Hills. By 1820, they have three children with a fourth on the way. Princess Marya is deeply happy with family life, although she recognizes that she’s no longer able to pursue spiritual longing to the same degree.

Princess Marya Bolkonsky Quotes in War and Peace

The War and Peace quotes below are all either spoken by Princess Marya Bolkonsky or refer to Princess Marya 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 3: Chapters 1–5 Quotes

Thinking of marriage, Princess Marya dreamed of family happiness and children, but her chiefest, strongest, and most secret dream was of earthly love. […] “My God,” she said, “how can I suppress these devil’s thoughts in my heart? How can I renounce evil imaginings forever, so as peacefully to do Thy will?” And she had barely asked this question, when God answered her in her own heart: “[…] The future of people and your own fate must be unknown to you; but live so as to be ready for anything. If God should see fit to test you in the duties of marriage, be ready to fulfill His will.” With this reassuring thought (but still with a hope that her forbidden earthly dream would be fulfilled), Princess Marya sighed, crossed herself, and went downstairs without thinking about her dress, or her hairstyle, or how she would walk in, or what she would say. What could all that mean in comparison with the predestination of God, without whose will not one hair falls from man’s head.

Related Characters: Princess Marya Bolkonsky (speaker), Anatole Kuragin
Page Number: 221
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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 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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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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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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Princess Marya Bolkonsky Character Timeline in War and Peace

The timeline below shows where the character Princess Marya 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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...and 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... (full context)
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...beautiful 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)
Volume 1, Part 1: Chapters 5–6
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...missteps. As Princess Lise leaves, she quietly plans with Anna Pavlovna to match her sister-in-law Marya with Anatole, Prince Vassily’s son. Prince Ippolit gets in everyone’s way as he says goodbye... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 1: Chapter 22
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...on the estate carries on peacefully. Prince Nikolai spends his time tutoring his daughter, Princess Marya, and ceaselessly improving the estate. Though the Prince isn’t cruel, everyone holds him in fearful... (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 daughter sternly... (full context)
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Princess Marya returns to her bedroom and opens the letter from Julie Karagin, her closest childhood friend.... (full context)
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Marya returns to the letter. Julie writes that in Moscow, people talk of nothing but war;... (full context)
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Marya replies at once. She assures Julie that she doesn’t disapprove of Julie’s feelings for Nikolai... (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... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 1: Chapters 23–25
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...his wife arrive at Bald Hills. Since Prince Nikolai is still napping, they surprise Princess Marya while she’s practicing the clavichord. When Marya greets Andrei, her warm eyes light up. Sadly,... (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 invited mainly to agree with... (full context)
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...dinner, Prince Andrei prepares for his departure the following day. He ponders his future. Princess Marya rushes in to speak with him before he goes. She tells “Andryusha” he has changed,... (full context)
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Princess Marya begs Prince Andrei to fulfill a request for her. She takes out an icon of... (full context)
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...When Prince Andrei says goodbye to his wife, Lise faints. After her brother goes, Princess Marya, supporting her sister-in-law, makes signs of the cross in the direction of the door. Prince... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 3: Chapters 1–5
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...Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky, in hopes of marrying his son Anatole to the wealthy prince’s daughter Marya. But he’s concerned that Pierre, who still hasn’t proposed to Hélène, is wasting valuable time.... (full context)
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...the Prince huffs that he doesn’t understand why the son is being brought here. Princess Marya blushes. (full context)
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...his benefit, and the possibility of marrying an ugly, rich princess is no exception. Princess Marya waits nervously in her room until the little princess and Mlle Bourienne come in to... (full context)
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When Princess Marya is summoned to tea, she first pauses in front of her icon of Christ to... (full context)
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When Princess Marya comes into the room, she’s struck by Anatole’s beauty and comfortable self-assurance. Thanks to the... (full context)
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...to listen to Prince Vassily’s conversation, but then he abruptly gets up and confronts Princess Marya, scolding her in front of the guests for changing her hairstyle without his permission. He... (full context)
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...all the young women of the house feel that their lives have new meaning. Princess Marya is drawn to Anatole, imagining him to be kind, brave, and good. She tries and... (full context)
...he resolves to throw out. Then he’ll no longer have to worry about parting with Marya. Meanwhile, Mlle Bourienne and Anatole have come to a wordless understanding, and they look for... (full context)
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...morning Prince Nikolai is unusually gentle with his daughter. He explains that Prince Vassily seeks Marya’s hand in marriage for Anatole. He sends her to her room to consider this offer.... (full context)
An hour later, when Princess Marya is summoned to her meeting with Prince Nikolai and Prince Vassily, she’s embracing Mlle Bourienne,... (full context)
Volume 1, Part 3: Chapters 14–19
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Someone puts Marya’s little icon back around Prince Andrei’s neck. Looking at it, Andrei wishes everything could be... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 1: Chapters 7–9
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When Prince Nikolai receives Kutuzov’s news, he doesn’t tell anyone at first. When Princess Marya reports for her lessons the next morning, her father greets her with unnatural brightness, yet... (full context)
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On the morning of March 19th, Princess Marya notices that the little princess looks very pale. She goes to fetch Marya Bogdanovna, the... (full context)
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...Savishna closes the window, the nanny sees the German doctor coming down the avenue, and Marya rushes to meet him. As she comes downstairs, though, she thinks she hears a familiar... (full context)
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...gotten through a contraction and lies there, exhausted, looking a little reproachfully at everyone. Princess Marya and Andrei step out of the room as the contractions continue, listening helplessly to Liza’s... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 2: Chapters 5–9
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...traveling around the three provinces assigned to him, fulfilling his duties with obsessive exactness. Princess Marya spends most of her time mothering little Prince Nikolai, Prince Andrei’s son, as best she... (full context)
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...child’s chair and unsteadily pouring drops of medicine into a glass while arguing with Princess Marya in a whisper. Neither Prince nor Princess has slept for two days as they’ve tried... (full context)
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...baby is dead, soon rejoices to see that the fever has broken. He and Princess Marya join hands and watch the calmly sleeping baby in relief and wonder. At last, Prince... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 2: Chapters 10–14
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Prince Andrei says that Pierre will get along well with Princess Marya. He also says that his experience has been the opposite of Pierre’s—he once lived for... (full context)
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...woman and a man with long hair, fleeing from the carriage. He says they’re Princess Marya’s “people of God,” whom, in defiance of Prince Nikolai, Marya welcomes. After settling into their... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 3: Chapters 23–26
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Back at Bald Hills, Prince Nikolai’s health declines. The burden of this falls on Princess Marya. Princess Marya’s soft spots are her nephew Nikolushka and her religious faith, and the irritable... (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 abroad, she writes a letter to her friend Julie... (full context)
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Marya continues writing that her brother Andrei has finally “revived morally.” For this reason, she discounts... (full context)
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Princess Marya’s life continues much as before. However, the people of God have become her deepest joy.... (full context)
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Princess Marya especially loves a 50-year-old pilgrim named Fedosyushka, who has wandered barefoot and in chains for... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 5: Chapters 1–4
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That winter Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky comes to Moscow with Princess Marya. Emperor Alexander has fallen out of favor, and Prince Nikolai becomes a central figure in... (full context)
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Prince Nikolai is 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... (full context)
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...include Métivier, a fashionable French doctor he’s lately befriended. But the doctor pushes past Princess Marya to visit the Prince, leading the Prince to an outburst of rage. He calls Métivier... (full context)
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Princess Marya doesn’t pay much attention to the conversation. After the other guests have gone, Pierre sits... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 5: Chapters 5–10
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...he’d failed to find one in Petersburg, and now he struggles to choose between Princess Marya and Julie Karagin. Feeling rebuffed by Marya, he focuses his attentions on Julie who, at... (full context)
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...for Natasha’s wedding; Prince Andrei is expected back in town any day. They stay with Marya Dmitrievna Akhrosimov, an industrious, opinionated widow. After buying Natasha’s wedding trousseau, Marya Dmitrievna takes her... (full context)
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...at the Bolkonskys, there’s a commotion, and the Prince refuses to receive them. When Princess Marya comes out, her face is blotchy from nervousness, and she struggles to appear casual and... (full context)
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 After a few uncomfortable minutes, to Marya’s horror, Prince Nikolai walks in wearing a dressing gown and nightcap. He awkwardly repeats, “As... (full context)
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That night Marya Dmitrievna takes the Rostovs to the opera. Studying her lovely appearance in the mirror, Natasha... (full context)
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...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)
Volume 2, Part 5: Chapters 11–13
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...and doesn’t know why. Her thoughts of Andrei are mixed up with thoughts of Princess Marya, old Prince Nikolai, the opera, and her guilty, flustered feelings about Anatole Kuragin. (full context)
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After church on Sunday, Marya Dmitrievna announces resolutely that she’s going to visit Prince Nikolai and have a talk with... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 5: Chapters 14–17
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The next morning, Natasha tries hard to act normal. After breakfast, Marya Dmitrievna calls Natasha and Count Rostov over. She tells them what happened at the Bolkonskys’... (full context)
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...Anatole refuses to consider the future. After his troika driver arrives, Anatole speeds off to Marya Dmitrievna’s. But when he runs to the back porch to find Natasha, he’s met instead... (full context)
Volume 2, Part 5: Chapters 18–22
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The elopement plan was foiled when, earlier that evening, Marya Dmitrievna found Sonya crying in the hallway and got the truth out of her. She... (full context)
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...successful conclusion of his estate business. When he finds Natasha ill and sees Sonya’s and Marya Dmitrievna’s embarrassed faces, he knows something must have happened between Natasha and her fiancé. But... (full context)
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Pierre has been avoiding Natasha, to whom he’s attracted, but when Marya Dmitrievna sends him a note, he comes at once. On the way, he passes Anatole,... (full context)
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Marya Dmitrievna is afraid that, if Count Rostov or Prince Andrei learn what’s happened, they’ll challenge... (full context)
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Sonya intercepts Pierre on his way out. She says that Marya Dmitrievna has told Natasha about Anatole’s marriage, but she’s refusing to believe it without Pierre’s... (full context)
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...in Moscow. As soon as Andrei arrived, Prince Nikolai gave him Natasha’s note to Princess Marya stating her refusal of Andrei. (Mlle Bourienne had stolen it from Marya.) He’s also heard... (full context)
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...or be noble enough to marry her anyway. Over dinner with Prince Nikolai and Princess Marya, Pierre sees that the Bolkonskys hold the Rostovs in great contempt. (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.... (full context)
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Pierre leaves Marya Dmitrievna’s, thinking about Natasha’s grateful look. He feels great tenderness toward her. Compared to that... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 1: Chapters 8–11
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...divided into two camps, with Prince Nikolai and Mlle Bourienne on one side, and Princess Marya, Nikolushka, and Nikolushka’s tutor and caregivers on the other. When Prince Nikolai complains about Princess... (full context)
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...memories of this place. He complains of those “nonentities” who cause so much unhappiness. Princess Marya knows he’s referring to Anatole. Marya tries to comfort him, saying that all grief is... (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 for a week and even refuses... (full context)
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Julie Karagin, now Princess Drubetskoy, has resumed writing to Princess Marya—patriotic letters in Russian, as she claims she can no longer abide French. Prince Nikolai refuses... (full context)
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...Smolensk and two miles from the Moscow road. One night, Nikolushka’s tutor Dessales tells Princess Marya to write to the head of the province to find out what’s going on, since... (full context)
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...if Russia is lost. Prince Andrei doesn’t answer. He quickly scrawls a note to Princess Marya, telling the family to vacate Bald Hills at once. As he gives Alpatych hurried instructions,... (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 springs into action.... (full context)
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...weeks paralyzed and unconscious, muttering something that nobody can understand. His agitation worsens whenever Princess Marya is near. (full context)
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Princess Marya, watching over her father day and night, is disturbed to find that, deep down, she... (full context)
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French looters have struck within 10 miles of Bogucharovo. Princess Marya prepares the household to move again. The morning of departure, the doctor says Prince Nikolai... (full context)
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...talking about his son, the Emperor, and the war. Then he has another stroke. Princess Marya flees outside, overwhelmed with love for her father. She no longer thinks about her future;... (full context)
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...be released from his role as headman. Alpatych refuses to listen and, not telling Princess Marya what’s going on, goes to speak to the local authorities. (full context)
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Meanwhile, Mlle Bourienne checks on her grieving friend, and Princess Marya, unable to resent or judge her anymore, extends a hand to her. When Mlle Bourienne... (full context)
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An hour later, the muzhiks are still refusing to leave. Princess Marya goes outside to negotiate with them, drawing strength from the sense that she’s representing her... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 2: Chapters 13–14
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...the muzhiks are threatening to unharness the horses so that the mistress cannot leave. Princess Marya’s attempt to reason with the muzhiks backfired, and even Dron has gone over to their... (full context)
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When Rostov sees Princess Marya’s bright eyes and listens to her trembling account of events, he finds something romantic in... (full context)
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Rostov keeps his distance from Princess Marya and rides with her as far as the inn of Yankovo. Only then does he... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 2: Chapters 15–18
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...about 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... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 2: Chapters 36–39
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...compassion for Anatole, his enemy. Andrei realizes this is the kind of Christian love Princess Marya prayed for Andrei to feel; it’s the lingering mystery of life he’d been wondering about.... (full context)
Volume 3, Part 3: Chapters 10–14
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...leaving. Yet she feels depressed about Nikolai’s recent letter, in which he spoke of Princess Marya. The Countess is happy about this development, claiming she always predicted that Nikolai would marry... (full context)
Volume 4, Part 1: Chapters 4–8
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...him 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... (full context)
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...governor’s wife aside and, on an impulse, confides in her. He says that he admires Marya and that their meeting seemed like fate; yet he promised to marry his cousin. The... (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... (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 is announced, Marya’s... (full context)
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Though Princess Marya is limiting her social visits because she’s in mourning, the governor’s wife arranges a meeting... (full context)
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Princess Marya reads about her brother’s wound in the newspaper and is ready to go searching for... (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 in his mind after he leaves Voronezh, he feels.... (full context)
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...describing their departure from Moscow and Prince Andrei’s condition. Nikolai shows the letter to Princess Marya and leaves for the regiment a few days later. (full context)
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...end up together. If that happens, she thinks, Nikolai will be unable to marry Princess Marya because they’ll be indirectly related. (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... (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 same girl... (full context)
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...passed. But when the Rostovs arrived in Yaroslavl, Andrei’s wound began to fester. She tells Marya nothing more, but Marya senses what she means when she says, “This happened.” As she’s... (full context)
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Prince Andrei tells Princess Marya that Natasha is caring for him, and that it’s strange how fate has brought them... (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 you know the Gosp…” but he falls silent.... (full context)
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...that day, he avoids his tutor Dessales and spends most of his time around Princess Marya and especially Natasha. After this conversation, Princess Marya no longer hopes for Andrei’s recovery. She... (full context)
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Prince Andrei’s final days are quiet and simple. Princess Marya and Natasha sense that he has already left them and that they’re simply taking care... (full context)
Volume 4, Part 4: Chapters 1–3
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After Prince Andrei’s death, both Natasha and Princess Marya find that every ordinary detail of life aggravates grief. Even though they don’t talk about... (full context)
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After two weeks, however, Princess Marya has to respond to life’s demands once again and begins preparing to move to Moscow.... (full context)
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Prince Andrei’s and Petya’s deaths draw Princess Marya and Natasha closer together. From that time, a deep, tender bond forms between the two... (full context)
Volume 4, Part 4: Chapters 15–20
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...to any definite plans. A few days after his arrival, he goes to visit Princess Marya. The last time he saw Prince Andrei, Andrei was in a bitter mood. Pierre wonders... (full context)
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Princess Marya admits Pierre to her room. A lady in a black dress is also there, but... (full context)
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...suffering. When she finishes the story and rushes out of the room, Pierre feels bereft. Marya invites him to stay for a late supper and adds, “It’s the first time she’s... (full context)
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When Natasha and Princess Marya go to bed, they talk about Pierre. Natasha says it feels good to have talked... (full context)
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Arriving at Princess Marya’s, Pierre feels a momentary doubt about what happened yesterday, but he soon senses Natasha’s presence,... (full context)
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Princess Marya thinks for a minute and starts to say that it’s too soon to speak to... (full context)
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...grief and no 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... (full context)
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When Natasha hears that Pierre has gone to Petersburg, she begins to cry and begs Marya to teach her—she’s so afraid of being “bad.” Marya forgives her immediately. Natasha says they’ll... (full context)
Epilogue, Part 1: Chapters 5–7
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That winter, when Princess Marya hears how Nikolai is sacrificing for his mother, she feels confirmed in her love for... (full context)
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In 1814, Nikolai and Princess Marya get married, and Countess Rostov and Sonya join the couple at Bald Hills. The marriage... (full context)
Epilogue, Part 1: Chapters 8–16
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...year of his marriage, Nikolai beats the Bogucharovo headman, Dron’s replacement, for various misdeeds. Princess Marya cries when Nikolai brings this up. Nikolai paces the room, deep in thought. To him,... (full context)
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...with their interests—he’s always absorbed in farming, hunting, reading, or family life. He treasures Princess Marya more and more. Marya knows of Nikolai’s past feelings for Sonya and tries to treat... (full context)
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...the dinner table, including his wife and three children, Natasha and her three children, Sonya, Marya’s nephew Nikolenka, and the late Prince Nikolai’s old architect Mikhail Ivanovich. From his gestures, Princess... (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 leaves the... (full context)
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...returns home from 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... (full context)
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...Denisov, and Pierre reminisce about 1812. Afterward, when Nikolai goes to his bedroom, he finds Marya writing in a blue notebook which she explains is her diary. She shows Nikolai that... (full context)
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...with Pierre, especially since she only parrots Pierre’s arguments. (He disregards the fact that with Marya, he is much the same way.) Nikolai asks Marya’s opinion, and she says that Pierre... (full context)
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Marya worries that Nikolenka is alone with his thoughts too much. She continues fretting over her... (full context)