I love Denisov.
This subplot about the purse, though proving to be part of a larger, moral lesson for Rostov, is a very common thing in the military. Thievery is very common which I always felt was the more baffling since we all had to live in such close quarters: we would know if you had stolen something. Yet it happened a lot. But Tolstoy is not unsympathetic; “poor” Telyanin may very well have needed it.