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While we do get a nice little lesson on what to look for in a dying beehive, Tolstoy is not himself comparing the remaining inhabitants to insects, he uses this analogy because it’s how Napoleon would see the city, as a prize with honey and the inhabitants all useless drones. The soul/queen has fled (Natasha) and only Pierre is left to defend the hive ineptly and without real vigor.