A Year of War and Peace+ Day 12

In which mother and son pay a visit to the Bezukhov estate and the wisdom of listening to one’s parents is shown

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War and Peace — Book One, Part One

Chapter Twelve

“My dear Borís,” said Princess Anna Mikháylovna to her son as Countess Rostóva’s carriage in which they were seated drove over the straw covered street and turned into the wide courtyard of Count Cyril Vladímirovich Bezúkhov’s house. “My dear Borís,” said the mother, drawing her hand from beneath her old mantle and laying it timidly and tenderly on her son’s arm, “be affectionate and attentive to him. Count Cyril Vladímirovich is your godfather after all, and your future depends on him. Remember that, my dear, and be nice to him, as you so well know how to be.”

A Year of War and Peace — Day 12

Borís Does His Duty

There exists an inverse relationship between the amount of embarrassment a son experiences and the amount of doting a mother exercises upon him. That’s exactly what’s going on with Borís and Anna Mikháylovna in this chapter as she forces him to make an appearance at Count Bezúkhov’s estate with the clear intention of ingratiating the boy into the good will — literally — of a dying man.

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