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War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy
Natasha Rostov Timeline and Summary
Born in 1792 (which we know since she's 13 in 1805), the third child and youngest daughter of the Rostov family. At 13, has a huge crush on Boris, a young up-and-comer whose mom is friends with her mom. She makes friends with Pierre. Boris heads off to make a name for himself, and she forgets all about him while crushing on other boys. At 15, she meets her brother Nikolai's much older friend Denisov, who proposes and is rejected. A year later, at her first ball, Pierre introduces her to the widowed Andrei, and they quickly fall in love. Andrei proposes, and Natasha accepts, but his dad is totally against the marriage. He demands they wait a year while Andrei goes abroad to heal his war injuries. While she's waiting, Natasha goes to Moscow. She meets Andrei's sister Marya, and they hate each other. She also meets Anatole Kuragin, who is super-hot and tries to seduce her. It works really well, and she is ready to elope with him. Natasha writes a letter to Marya ending her engagement to Andrei. Her cousin Sonya figures out the elopement plan and quashes it. Natasha is depressed and then totally crushed when Pierre reveals that Anatole is already married. Napoleon is heading toward Moscow, so the Rostovs flee. Natasha comes to life a bit when she starts taking care of some war wounded. She convinces her family to take the wounded with them instead of their belongings. Mid-flight, she finds out that one of the wounded is Andrei, and she nurses him as he tries to recover from his injuries. They fall in love all over again, and at the same time Natasha grows really close to his sister Marya. Andrei can't hold on to life. He dies, and Natasha goes into a deep depression. She travels to Moscow with Marya to see a doctor and runs into Pierre again. He clearly loves her, and she falls in love with him. They get married and have four kids together. The marriage is a very happy one.