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War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy
Summary / Volume 1, Part 3, Chapter 12
War and Peace Volume 1, Part 3, Chapter 12 Summary
All the generals get together for a council of war. Kutuzov knows no one is going to listen to him, so he just full-out goes to sleep at the meeting, like with snoring and everything. General Weyrother is going to be leading the attack. He reads out the long battle plan, which is complicated and boring and based on the idea that they know how Napoleon’s army is positioned. All the other men are jockeying for position without really questioning the Weyrother plan. Weyrother has a smart-aleck answer to every objection. Andrei tries to get a word in but can’t. Finally, Weyrother is all, "OK guys, the plan is all set and can’t be changed, so let’s go home and get ready." Andrei leaves the council feeling like this style of war planning is messed up. How come these officers only care about their own political standing and not soldiers’ lives? Then, suddenly, Andrei realizes that he could die the next day. He freaks out and thinks about his family and friends and how he loves them. But then he immediately starts fantasizing about having a winning strategy for the battle, then winning the battle single-handedly and being promoted to general. He admits to himself that he really, really, pretty-please-with-a-cherry-on-top, wants military glory. For some reason this is a big secret that he won’t tell anyone.
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