A Year of War and Peace+ Day 9

In which Nicholas defends his choice of career and we see that in a foolish world it does not pay to become angered by fools

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War and Peace — Book One, Part One

Chapter Nine

The only young people remaining in the drawing room, not counting the young lady visitor and the countess’ eldest daughter (who was four years older than her sister and behaved already like a grown-up person), were Nicholas and Sónya, the niece. Sónya was a slender little brunette with a tender look in her eyes which were veiled by long lashes, thick black plaits coiling twice round her head, and a tawny tint in her complexion and especially in the color of her slender but graceful and muscular arms and neck. By the grace of her movements, by the softness and flexibility of her small limbs, and by a certain coyness and reserve of manner, she reminded one of a pretty, half-grown kitten which promises to become a beautiful little cat. She evidently considered it proper to show an interest in the general conversation by smiling, but in spite of herself her eyes under their thick long lashes watched her cousin who was going to join the army, with such passionate girlish adoration that her smile could not for a single instant impose upon anyone, and it was clear that the kitten had settled down only to spring up with more energy and again play with her cousin as soon as they too could, like Natásha and Borís, escape from the drawing room.

A Year of War and Peace — Day 9

Nicholas, Emojied

Nick Fit

Of the Rostóv children and their friends only Nicholas, Sónya, and Véra remain in the drawing-room. Sónya is Nicholas’s cousin and, as Anna Mikháylovna and Countess Rostóva lament later in the chapter, the two are cousin-crushing on each other pretty hard. Véra is Nicholas’s older sister. Nobody in the novel really pays much attention to Véra though and you probably don’t have to either.

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