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Tolstoy uses a few subtle hints to draw our attention to the conflict brewing under the surface of this society. First he descries the 2 main guest as being choice pieces of meat to be devoured, then he describes how Helene’s slightly plump arm deforms slightly as it rests on the table, then to the anecdote about Napoleon killing a rival, then finally to Pierre who is talking to loudly.