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War and Peace

War and Peace


by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace Epilogue, Part 1, Chapter 15 Summary

  • Later that night Nikolai sees Marya writing in her diary. When he reads it, he sees it’s all descriptions of family life – mostly about the kids, and what they are doing, and what she thinks about how she is raising them.
  • Nikolai is amazed by this stuff. He never knew how deeply she thought about being a mom.
  • He then tells her about Pierre and his secret society. He complains how he felt kind of trapped into a corner by the conversation.
  • Marya agrees with him. Then she tells him that she worries about Nikolenka and the fact that she doesn’t love him as much as her own kids.
  • Nikolai doesn’t like him at all, so he basically says it’s fine, and that she's a great aunt to him.
  • They keep talking.
  • Suddenly, Nikolai realizes that if something were to happen to Marya, the whole family would be completely lost.

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