A Year of War and Peace+ Day 13

In which Pierre plays make-believe while everyone else except Borís chases paper and we ponder the dangers of riches


War and Peace — Book One, Part One

Chapter Thirteen

Pierre, after all, had not managed to choose a career for himself in Petersburg, and had been expelled from there for riotous conduct and sent to Moscow. The story told about him at Count Rostóv’s was true. Pierre had taken part in tying a policeman to a bear. He had now been for some days in Moscow and was staying as usual at his father’s house. Though he expected that the story of his escapade would be already known in Moscow and that the ladies about his father — who were never favorably disposed toward him — would have used it to turn the count against him, he nevertheless on the day of his arrival went to his father’s part of the house. Entering the drawing room, where the princesses spent most of their time, he greeted the ladies, two of whom were sitting at embroidery frames while a third read aloud. It was the eldest who was reading — the one who had met Anna Mikháylovna. The two younger ones were embroidering: both were rosy and pretty and they differed only in that one had a little mole on her lip which made her much prettier. Pierre was received as if he were a corpse or a leper. The eldest princess paused in her reading and silently stared at him with frightened eyes; the second assumed precisely the same expression; while the youngest, the one with the mole, who was of a cheerful and lively disposition, bent over her frame to hide a smile probably evoked by the amusing scene she foresaw. She drew her wool down through the canvas and, scarcely able to refrain from laughing, stooped as if trying to make out the pattern.

A Year of War and Peace — Day 13

It rules everything around us

On the Distraction of C.R.E.A.M.

We rewind a bit to explore Pierre’s return to Moscow. His arrival at the Bezúkhov estate precedes Borís and Anna Mikháylovna — from yesterday’s reading — by a few days. He meets with a trio of sisters, nieces to the great Count, who treat him coldly. He also sees Prince Vasíli who has quickly settled himself comfortably into the environs. One person Pierre does not see, one person he should be very interested in seeing, is his father, Count Bezúkhov. Curiously enough, everyone at the estate has a reason why Pierre cannot see his father. Pierre is only too ready to accept these reasons. Naturally: there are many more important things for him to be doing. Important things like play-acting Napoleon’s planned conquest of England alone in his room.

Daily Meditation

Let me know what you think in the comments. I love talking War and Peace.

If you want to get to know me better please follow me on Medium, Twitter, and You Tube. Visit my Amazon author’s page. Write to me at brianedenton@gmail.com. I’d love to hear from you.

For my friends and family, love. For my enemies, durian fruit.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store