War and Peace. 4. Chapter I. 'Well, Prince, so Genoa and Lucca are now just family es- tates of the Buonapartes. But I warn you, if you don't tell me that this. Free PDF, epub, Kindle ebook. War and Peace centers broadly on Napoleon's invasion of Russia in and follows three of the best-known characters in. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg.
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Both men, spurred on by pride, were filled with the foolish notions of glory — but were quickly disillusioned when they took part in a battle and saw the firsthand horrors of war. Andrey was wounded in a desperate charge. As he lay gazing up at the sky among the masses of dead and wounded soldiers, Napoleon and his victorious generals approached nearby. The Emperor himself glanced halfheartedly at Andrey and, thinking he was dead, almost passed by — when he thought he saw the young officer move.
Pierre, meanwhile, having inherited a fortune, married a beautiful but disloyal woman whose only interest was retaining her name through social climbing.
At dinner, a former gambling friend, Dolohov, insulted Pierre. Incensed at this — and more so at the rumor that Dolohov had had an affair with his wife — Pierre challenged the more experienced man to a duel, and though he had hardly ever fired a gun, he managed to wound Dolohov. He then left town, alone, and joined the brotherhood of Freemasons, a religious order founded to care for the needy and lift the lower classes. Pierre had finally found people who shared his ideals.
Soon thereafter, Andrey returned from the war to find his estranged wife about to give birth. He looked helplessly on at the frightened, accusing, deathlike face of his wife, who seemed to blame him for her pain. When she died right after the birth, Andrey, haunted by her ordeal, fell into a deep and cynical depression.
Austerlitz … his wife … he no longer could summon the lofty ideals he once knew. Pierre, once more in company of his friend, noticed that Andrey seemed to have lost his zeal for life. He spoke to him about Freemasonry and the good it could do, but Andrey spurned such philosophical drivel. The Some One is God. The now-healed rascal Dolohov tried to woo her, but she rejected him in favor of Nikolay.
Dolohov, in revenge, challenged Nikolay to a game of cards, and won 43, rubles. The disgraced young man quickly borrowed money from his father, paid Dolohov, and returned to the war. In , Napoleon and Alexander, Czar of Russia, signed a never-honored peace treaty.
Each chose at random one soldier from their ranks to receive the Legion of Honor. To fight and not to think. That is all.
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But how do you do? I see I have frightened you—sit down and tell me all the news. With these words she greeted Prince Vasili Kuragin, a man of high rank and importance, who was the first to arrive at her reception.
Anna Pavlovna had had a cough for some days.
She was, as she said, suffering from la grippe; grippe being then a new word in St. Petersburg, used only by the elite. All her invitations without exception, written in French, and delivered by a scarlet-liveried footman that morning, ran as follows: He had just entered, wearing an embroidered court uniform, knee breeches, and shoes, and had stars on his breast and a serene expression on his flat face. He spoke in that refined French in which our grandfathers not only spoke but thought, and with the gentle, patronizing intonation natural to a man of importance who had grown old in society and at court.
He went up to Anna Pavlovna, kissed her hand, presenting to her his bald, scented, and shining head, and complacently seated himself on the sofa. Set your friend's mind at rest," said he without altering his tone, beneath the politeness and affected sympathy of which indifference and even irony could be discerned.
Can one be calm in times like these if one has any feeling? Today is Wednesday.
He joins the Freemasons , which influences his personal and business fortunes greatly. In the meantime Nikolay has racked up a large amount of gambling debt, which causes the Rostov family to lose most of their fortune. He is encouraged to marry a wealthy heiress, despite promising to marry Sonya, his cousin.
Andrey soon becomes involved with Natasha Rostov only to be told by his father that he must wait a year before marrying her. After some time away, Andrey discovers that Natasha has been unfaithful. He rejects her, and Pierre consoles her, eventually falling in love with her. In Napoleon invades Russia, forcing Alexander to declare war. Andrey returns to service, and Pierre is driven to believe he must personally assassinate Napoleon.
Nikolay finds her in the streets, and the two reconnect. Pierre, still crazed by his imaginary duty, is apprehended by French forces and witnesses a number of executions, which deeply affect him.
During his imprisonment, he befriends Platon Karatev, a wise peasant. He is later freed from the French and promptly falls ill.