When the Legends Die

War and Peace – Books Fourteen–Fifteen

Book Fourteen The narrator again expresses his view that war is not scientific, repeating that the French defeat in Russia is rationally unexplainable. He then describes the devastation of the remaining French troops by Russian guerillas. Dolokhov and Denisov are among the Cossack partisan fighters tracking the retreating French. Denisov receives a message delivered by …

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War and Peace – First Epilogue–Second Epilogue

First Epilogue The narrator examines historians’ attitudes toward Tsar Alexander and Napoleon, finding them once again oversimplified, and asserts again the view that history is made not by great men, but by countless tiny factors. Natasha and Pierre are married in 1813. Count Rostov dies that same year, after seeking his family’s forgiveness for ruining …

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War and Peace – Character List

id=”Anna Pavlovna Scherer”> Anna Pavlovna Scherer  – A wealthy St. Petersburg society hostess and matchmaker for the Kuragin family, whose party in 1805 opens the novel. Pierre Bezukhov  – The large-bodied, ungainly, and socially awkward illegitimate son of an old Russian grandee. Pierre, educated abroad, returns to Russia as a misfit. His unexpected inheritance of a large …

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