A Year of War and Peace+ Day 2

In which we meet Pierre and consider duty


War and Peace — Book One, Part One

Chapter Two

Anna Pávlovna’s drawing room was gradually filling. The highest Petersburg society was assembled there: people differing widely in age and character but alike in the social circle to which they belonged. Prince Vasíli’s daughter, the beautiful Hélène, came to take her father to the ambassador’s entertainment; she wore a ball dress and her badge as maid of honor. The youthful little Princess Bolkónskaya, known as la femme la plus séduisante de Pétersbourg, was also there. She had been married during the previous winter, and being pregnant did not go to any large gatherings, but only to small receptions. Prince Vasíli’s son, Hippolyte, had come with Mortemart, whom he introduced. The Abbé Morio and many others had also come.

A Year of War and Peace — Day 2

Pierre at the Party

Anna Pávlovna’s party quickly fills up with the biggest names in Petersburg society. We’ve got everything from pretty princesses to erudite abbés. Anna Pávlovna, as the evening’s social conductor, orchestrates them together harmoniously throughout her drawing-room. A particular note she desires each guest to perform is the paying of respect to her elderly aunt. Though everyone considers this to be an annoyance they perform their duty of social nicety and say hello to the old lady.

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