War and Peace Epilogue, Part 1, Chapter 16 Summary
Natasha and Pierre talk in their own special shorthand. They understand each other without needing to finish their sentences.
Natasha gets Pierre to say that he prefers her to all women, including Marya.
Pierre wants to know Natasha’s opinion about the argument earlier. He tells her about his doings in Petersburg, and she has a weird thought that this politically important man is also her husband, whom she knows in this domestic setting.
They talk about Platon and how he would approve of Pierre’s doings.
Then the baby starts crying and Natasha leaves.
Meanwhile, Nikolenka is reliving the night.
He has a dream where he and Pierre are marching at the head of an army against Nikolai’s forces. Then Pierre turns into his father and Nikolenka feels his father’s approval.
He wakes up enthused and happy, committed to doing something to make Pierre and his dad proud of him.
And so the torch is passed to the next generation.