A Year of War and Peace+ Day 4

In which a social faux pas highlights the role of social duty


War and Peace — Book One, Part One

Chapter Four

Anna Pávlovna smiled and promised to take Pierre in hand. She knew his father to be a connection of Prince Vasíli’s. The elderly lady who had been sitting with the old aunt rose hurriedly and overtook Prince Vasíli in the anteroom. All the affectation of interest she had assumed had left her kindly and tear-worn face and it now expressed only anxiety and fear.

A Year of War and Peace — Day 4

Don’t Talk Politics

A mother’s love is unassailable. She will do anything for her child. Such is the devotion Princess Drubetskáya shows for her son, Borís, in the early portion of today’s chapter. Princess Drubetskáya is worried because Borís is about to leave for the war and she wants nothing more than to secure him a post in the relative safety of the Guards. To this end, she accosts Prince Vasíli as he’s attempting to leave Anna Pávlovna’s soirée. At first she encounters difficulty with the old man. Vasíli reconsiders, however, after she reminds him of his debt to her father who once helped Vasíli when he was a young man just starting out. Perhaps more persuasive, however, is her implicit argument that she will not cease nagging until he relents. So he does. Having achieved her goal she returns to sit quietly in the corner and await the end of the party.

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