Though Russia has lost the battle to Napoleon, they don’t seem too concerned about it. Excuses are made, parties are planned, a hero is honored in Bagration to spite old Kutuzov. But what else can you do in defeat? Walk around all day in black with tears in your eyes? Life goes on. The Russian spirit prevails as they turn inward. The majority of the book deals with this “inward” in-between time of battles.