For one hunting dog he “had given a neighbor three families of house serfs”. That’s probably around 10 human beings used as payment for 1 hunting dog.
We see how fake society is as Nicholas and Iligin talk about how they don’t care about the score of competition, they only care about the fun and the company. Uh-huh.
Natasha, with just a shriek, expresses what they rest can’t in words: joy and ecstasy.