Just when the Karagins’ visit seems like it’s winding down, a bunch of teenagers burst into the room. The Rostovs pretend to be serious, but both are clearly indulgent parents and are super sweet with their daughter Natasha.
She’s playing with an old doll, laughing about how beat up it is.
Her brother Nikolai is sort of ill at ease, but Boris immediately makes a joke about having known the doll for a while.
The kids run off, and Boris gets his mother a carriage.