45% done with War and Peace


It’s Andrei’s inability to forgive Natasha that will undo him, literally. He’s already had a difficult time with women and this will only drive him to be cold and distant; again, literally (when the time comes). This would be Tolstoy’s way of showing us how Pride is a sin.

And sure enough, in this very chapter, we learn how war with France is inevitable, how even reformer Speranski has been disfavored.