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Vol. 1, Part 1, Chapters 1–6 War and Peace begins in Saint Petersburg (Petersburg) in 1805, at a soirée hosted by Anna Pavlovna, whose fancy parties ... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 1, Chapters 7–17 Anna Mikhailovna returns to her rich relations in Moscow in Chapter 7, where she and her son have lived for years. The R... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 1, Chapters 18–21 In Chapter 18 Count Bezukhov has a sixth stroke. Prince Vassily tells Catiche, the princess in attendance, that although... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 1, Chapters 22–25 In Chapter 22 the action moves to Bald Hills, the estate of Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky, Prince Andrei's father, who lives ... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 2, Chapters 1–8 Chapters 1–3 take place in Braunau, Austria, in early October 1805. Commander-in-Chief Kutuzov reviews the troops. He gr... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 2, Chapters 9–14 In Chapter 9 the French army pursues Kutuzov's troops and, with 35,000 men, he retreats down the Danube River, fighting ... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 2, Chapters 15–21 Prince Andrei has persuaded Kutuzov to allow him to fight with Bagration, and in Chapter 15 he is surveying the troops. ... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 3, Chapters 1–5 Chapter 1 begins with some analysis of Prince Vassily's character. As an instinctive schemer sensing opportunity, he nat... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 3, Chapters 6–12 In Chapter 6 the Rostovs receive news of Nikolai, rejoicing to find out that, although he has been wounded, he is doing ... Read More
Vol. 1, Part 3, Chapters 13–19 Nikolai, riding half asleep as part of an advance guard of Bagration's detachment, wakes up when they reach the front li... Read More
Vol. 2, Part 1, Chapters 1–6 Chapter 1 opens at the beginning of 1806 in Moscow, with Nikolai on leave with his friend Denisov. Nikolai professes his... Read More
Vol. 2, Part 1, Chapters 7–10 In Chapter 7 the Bolkonskys at Bald Hills are mourning Andrei. He is missing in action, and everyone assumes he is dead.... Read More
Vol. 2, Part 1, Chapters 11–16 Back in Moscow Dolokhov is recovering from the duel, and Rostov's father is able to hush up his son's part in the affair... Read More
Vol. 2, Part 2, Chapters 1–7 In Chapter 1 the story moves back in time. Pierre has just left Hélène in Moscow and is on his way to Petersburg, when h... Read More
Vol. 2, Part 2, Chapters 8–14 After Prince Andrei returns home, his father gives him his share of the inheritance—Bogucharovo—a large estate about 30 ... Read More
Vol. 2, Part 2, Chapters 15–21 In Chapter 15 Nikolai Rostov has "come home" to the regiment and realizes how it is "as unchangingly dear and precious a... Read More
Vol. 2, Part 3, Chapters 1–6 In 1809 Napoleon again declares war on Austria, but this time the Russians provide minor support to the French. Andrei h... Read More
Vol. 2, Part 3, Chapters 7–10 Chapter 7 begins with a flashback to 1808, when Pierre inadvertently becomes the leading Mason in Petersburg. This happe... Read More
Vol. 2, Part 3, Chapters 11–19 After spending two years in the country, the Rostovs come to Petersburg because the family is having financial difficult... Read More
Vol. 2, Part 3, Chapters 20–26 In Chapter 20 Berg and Vera have their first dinner party to which they invite Boris, the Rostovs, and Andrei, along wit... Read More
Vol. 2, Part 4, Chapters 1–7 Nikolai Rostov has been living the good life in the military since the peace with France and puts off a visit home for a... Read More
Vol. 2, Part 4, Chapters 8–13 Count Rostov resigns his position as marshal of the nobility, which saves him a little money, but otherwise the Rostovs ... Read More
Vol. 2, Part 5, Chapters 1–6 Prince Andrei's engagement, together with the death of his mentor, Bazdeev, precipitates a crisis of conscience, and Pie... Read More
Vol. 2, Part 5, Chapters 7–14 When the count and Natasha call on the Bolkonskys (Chapter 7), Princess Marya receives them awkwardly while her father p... Read More
Vol. 2, Part 5, Chapters 15–22 Sonya reads Anatole's letter—which Dolokhov has actually written—and confronts Natasha (Chapter 15), who says she is hop... Read More
Vol. 3, Part 1, Chapters 1–7 In Chapter 1 Tolstoy inserts the first of several sidebars of historical and philosophical commentary. He begins by sayi... Read More
Vol. 3, Part 1, Chapters 8–15 In Chapter 8 Prince Andrei leaves Moscow for Petersburg. He is looking for Anatole and plans to provoke a quarrel with h... Read More
Vol. 3, Part 1, Chapters 16–23 In Moscow Natasha continues to be ill. The countess arrives with the rest of the family, and the Rostovs move to their o... Read More
Vol. 3, Part 2, Chapters 1–5 While the participants in war think they are exercising free will, they are actually the instruments of history (Chapter... Read More
Vol. 3, Part 2, Chapters 6–14 In Chapter 6 the narrator observes that some things in life remain the same, even as the world changes. Such is the case... Read More
Vol. 3, Part 2, Chapters 15–18 General Kutuzov has ordered Prince Andrei to report to headquarters (Chapter 15). Kutuzov and Andrei talk about Prince N... Read More
Vol. 3, Part 2, Chapters 19–25 In Chapter 19 the narrator speculates on why Napoleon offered battle in late August at Shevardino and Borodino and why K... Read More
Vol. 3, Part 2, Chapters 26–32 Chapter 26 switches the action to the French camp, where two flatterers from Europe have come to present Napoleon with a... Read More
Vol. 3, Part 2, Chapters 33–39 The narrator explains that the main action of the battle takes place in a small area in which each side fires cannons, f... Read More
Vol. 3, Part 3, Chapters 1–11 In Chapter 1 Tolstoy points out that historical analysis is always incomplete because it looks at a series of events apa... Read More
Vol. 3, Part 3, Chapters 12–23 The Rostovs are among the last aristocrats in the city because the countess is waiting to see Petya, who is being transf... Read More
Vol. 3, Part 3, Chapters 24–29 In Chapter 24 Rastopchin is angry for being left out of the decision-making loop by Kutuzov, who then adds insult to inj... Read More
Vol. 3, Part 3, Chapters 30–34 The Rostov train, which includes some of the wounded, has stopped about 13 miles from Moscow (Chapter 30). On September ... Read More
Vol. 4, Part 1, Chapters 1–4 In addition to news about the war, Petersburg is talking about the illness of Countess Bezukhov (Hélène), who is being t... Read More
Vol. 4, Part 1, Chapters 5–8 At the governor's party, Princess Marya's wealthy aunt, Mrs. Malvintsev, asks to see Nikolai (Chapter 5). She lives in V... Read More
Vol. 4, Part 1, Chapters 9–13 Chapter 9 returns the reader to Moscow and to Pierre, who is interrogated by the French and tried for arson. He answers ... Read More
Vol. 4, Part 1, Chapters 14–16 Princess Marya is on her way to the Rostovs in Yaroslavl to see her brother in Chapter 14. She is happy because she know... Read More
Vol. 4, Part 2, Chapters 1–10 Tolstoy begins his final volume with another nonfiction gloss that returns to the idea that events unfold as the result ... Read More
Vol. 4, Part 2, Chapters 11–14 Back in Moscow Pierre hears that the troops are departing (Chapter 11). He has lost some weight in jail, his clothes are... Read More
Vol. 4, Part 2, Chapters 15–19 Once Napoleon is on the march in the beginning of October, he sends an envoy to General Kutuzov with a second peace offe... Read More
Vol. 4, Part 3, Chapters 1–7 In Chapter 1 the narrator reflects on the conventional historical view that military success determines the power of res... Read More
Vol. 4, Part 3, Chapters 8–15 In Chapter 8 Dolokhov, whose reputation as a brave and cruel fighter precedes him, comes into camp, and Petya tries to h... Read More
Vol. 4, Part 3, Chapters 16–19 In Chapter 16 the narrator describes the defeat of the French in tragic terms. The French army "melted away and was anni... Read More
Vol. 4, Part 4, Chapters 1–3 In Chapter 1, Natasha and Marya mourn Prince Andrei. They speak little but keep each other company, and they never speak... Read More
Vol. 4, Part 4, Chapters 4–11 The Russian army engages the French again at Krasnoe, after defeating them at Vyazma (Chapter 4–9). By the time the Russ... Read More
Vol. 4, Part 4, Chapters 12–14 On the day Pierre is liberated, he learns of Petya's death, Andrei's extended illness, and Hélène's death, and shortly a... Read More
Vol. 4, Part 4, Chapters 15–20 At the end of January, Pierre comes to Moscow and settles in the part of his house that is not wrecked (Chapter 15). He ... Read More
Epilogue, Part 1, Chapters 1–4 The epilogue starts seven years after the war of 1812. The first four chapters are an extended essay on some of the idea... Read More
Epilogue, Part 1, Chapters 5–16 Chapters 5–16 trace the fortunes of the main characters of the story, seven years later. Natasha and Pierre get married ... Read More
Epilogue, Part 2, Chapters 1–12 Modern history ought to take as its subject not the manifestations of power, but what is behind power (Chapter 1). Once ... Read More
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