inclination--practical business.

beaucoup d'estime, and again her face clouded over with sadness.

leaving a passage in the middle. Most of them were unconscious and paid

"Well then, that's excellent," said he. "We'll talk it over later on.

had driven the old prince to town returned bringing papers and letters

French as la grande redoute, la fatale redoute, la redoute du centre,

concentrate. "There we shall encounter difficulties, and there," thought

"That's so. But we must know what troops they are and their numbers,"

The approaching riders having descended a decline were no longer

Rostovs' box--her whole bosom completely exposed--beckoned the old count

young man. He sat with his legs up on the sofa as if quite at home and,

twenty thousand strong, might easily have made that effort. The French


But Pierre thought it necessary to ask: "How is..." and hesitated, not

plainly as she is, or else you will make a cruel and irrevocable

upsetting a driver or running down a pedestrian, and flying at full

opponent's face, evidently thinking about the game as he always thought

rare moments when he was at home, would take Pierre's hand in passing

his appointment as Commander in Chief. He told me himself that all the

Andrew struck the high road along which the Russian army was moving with

Sobbing, she kissed and comforted Natasha. "If only he lives!" she

his host and hostess. He walked in rapidly, bowing to right and left as

their commander-in-chief.

pride. "I always said he was the only man capable of defeating

stumbled over it. Several of those present laughed.

ball flew past. Evidently they were firing at the hussars, but the balls

expression on his face changed in a way evidently deliberate and

and the country? It is wartime. Such a fine fellow must serve. Well, are

stake is what is dearest to man--his own life--and it sometimes seems

Happy as Petya was, he felt sad at having to go home knowing that all

"Well, I don't think you need reproach yourself on his account. All that

"Give it to him, then," said Anatole.

fought and where the obvious disintegration of the French army began;

"He is just the same as ever," replied Anna Mikhaylovna, "overflowing

being paid to her, read the last words:

that the moment had come she was filled with dread of what she might

day, and yet he continued to spend whole days with the Rostovs.

told about that affair!"

amuses himself in this sensible manner! And he was said to be so well

Rostov explained that he wanted to see Major Denisov of the hussars, who

festive around him. Nearer and nearer to Rostov came that sun shedding

"Your excellency! Your excellency! Your excellency!" he kept repeating

The Russians, half of whom died, did all that could and should have been

he asked, turning to the assistant.

took her old ball dress, and fell into a reverie quite unrelated to what

being too much loved; and besides, you are free, you could throw it up

"I ought to give them something!" he thought, and felt in his pocket.

consciousness. Inevitability without content is man's reason in its

"Where to?" Pierre asked himself. "Where can I go now? Surely not to the

long time. Tears were in his eyes and in his throat when the door opened

Prince? How priceless are those last moments! It can make things no

have been even less reason to expect a disturbance among the people if

who was asleep with his back to her, rose on tiptoe and kissed the hand

Bolkonski and Denisov moved to the gate, at which a knot of soldiers (a

among the birches was an unpleasant reminder of winter. On entering the

only have bent his head a little to have touched them. He was conscious

partner, herself offered to dance the mazurka with Boris. They were the

The symptoms of Natasha's illness were that she ate little, slept


princess went in with the drink she had prepared according to Lorrain's

jumped onto the bed the countess had feared might become her grave. This

see the true light, and that he, Pierre, ought to aid, enlighten, and

similar to his own is perishing before his eyes. But when it is a

and now cavalry: they appeared, fired, fell, collided, not knowing what

Mademoiselle George looked sternly and gloomily at the audience and

personages does not in most cases produce any effect, that is to say,

"What sort of another blackguard are you? I'll have you shot!

force their way through them with bayonets.

question again presented itself whether she was not guilty, whether she

things and to question Pierre. The questions put by these two kept the

apparent agreement being the simplest way to avoid discussions that

toward which he moved throughout the whole war. Obviously in spite of

with which he was covered and, making wry faces at the noisome smell of

little children failed to understand this and avoided her.

only reached the quarter where Pierre was staying by the evening of the

bold features and glittering eyes was resting on his hand. Raevski,

with Napoleon and had been bribed by him, and so on, and so on.

the darkness. He was continually imagining that a cannon ball was flying

the peace and welfare of all my subjects.' However, I know their

said Nicholas, also not listening to anyone and regardless of whether he

when their leave permits had been passed at the town gate and they had

"O, Lord Jesus Christ!" she murmured.

survive the fall of Moscow, and now wrote French verses in albums

"Ah, here he is, my hero!" said Kutuzov to a portly, handsome, dark-

standing, when just above his head he heard several voices shouting and

of which could be seen in the failing twilight--and as if in reply the

He glanced at her to make sure that he might go on. Her irritability had

sank into meditation.

of men, reckoning those transporting and feeding the army--moved from

right have you, monseigneur, to demand an account of my attachments and

Bazdeev's notes and explanations. He sat down at the dusty writing

one to two: previously we had a hundred thousand against a hundred and

wrinkles would crease his cheeks. His small, deep-set eyes always

led him into the room where the supper table was laid and introduced him

returns bringing our appointment as commander-in-chief, and our first

"Wh-what is the matter?" asked both the young and old Rostov.

Next day the Emperor arrived in Moscow, and several of the Rostovs'

"Drain the blood from men's veins and put in water instead, then there

Pierre stepped out of his carriage and, passing the toiling militiamen,

Suddenly a terrible concussion threw him backwards to the ground. At the


say. He did not venture to repeat what he had said at his first

Dolokhov climbed carefully and slowly through the window and lowered his

galloping along the courtyard, but instead of holding the reins he waved

commander in chief with that news.

While this was being given, Prince Andrew heard the whisper of a woman's

officers," continued the staff captain, "and Bogdanich" (the colonel was


irrepressible, kindly, elderly laughter.

joke as an insult, flared up, and said such unpleasant things to the

was far to the Kremlin. The porter, listening in perplexity to the

Pierre rose, rubbed his eyes, and seeing the pistol with an engraved

removed to Bogucharovo. Seventy quarters of grain had also been carted