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This chapter gives us some insight into how peasants (serfs) were, or could be treated but also of their ability to control the affairs of the landowners. Nicholas’s anger comes to the fore and we see how he deals with people: by bashing them. Yet he understands none of the financial affairs run by Mitenka, he only thinks the family has been mismanaged. But who is to blame? The elder Rostov or the serf?