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War and Peace

War and Peace

  

by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace Volume 1, Part 1, Chapter 3 Summary

  • Anna puts on her hostessing A-game and works the party like a machine. She’s here, she’s there, she’s smoothing everything and everyone out everywhere.
  • Besides the usual crowd of princes and princesses, she’s got two guests of honor that are supposed to provide the entertainment. She gathers a bunch of guests around one of them, a French dude.
  • Helene walks over to listen. Like we said earlier, she is really hot. Like super-duper, oozing pheromones, crazily hot. People are practically drooling just looking at her. It’s out of control.
  • Her brother Ippolit also walks over. He looks just like Helene but for some reason this makes him ugly. Also, he’s a total idiot.
  • The French guy tells a story about Napoleon running into an enemy while both of them were trying to get it on with a famous actress. Napoleon passed out and the other guy spared his life – which made Napoleon so mad that he killed the other guy. Um, OK. Good story.
  • Anna notices that Pierre is again acting inappropriately by getting into a heated debate with the other guest of honor, an abbot.  She walks over, shuts it down, and brings the two of them over to listen to Frenchy.
  • Liza’s husband Prince Andrei Bolkonsky walks into the party. He’s been there and done that and looks around the room super-bored by everyone, including his wife. He says he’s enlisting for the war as General Kutuzov’s aide-de-camp (a sort of personal assistant).
  • Pierre is surprised to see him there and Andrei smiles for the first time to see his friend. They make dinner plans and check out Helene.
  • Prince Vassily gets up to leave, then asks Anna Pavlovna to try to work on Pierre’s social skills a little bit.

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