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Julie’s line “But how could one say that in Russian?” about how she thinks Maria is in love with Nicholas is telling about how that sort of society does not know how to even love in Russian – they can only do it by aping the French (Europeans).And all Julie and her crew can do is mock the Rostov’s and Pierre. This is Tolstoy showing us how the upper classes lost touch with what Russia really is.