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While he’s not explicitly saying so, Tolstoy is showing us what a fraud fortunetellers are (just like today’s horoscopes). Yet it’s more complicated that just outright fraud: Sonia only wants to tell Natasha what she wants to hear, and this is the trap people fall into: only wanting to hear what they want to hear. The truth is, for her, Andrei will not marry her, and she knows this, but refuses reality.