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War and Peace

War and Peace

by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace Volume 1, Part 3, Chapter 5 Summary

  • That night, Anatole falls asleep, but nobody else can.
  • Marya is still daydreaming about getting a piece.
  • Liza is annoyed at her giant belly, wishing she weren’t pregnant, and generally being a whiny baby.
  • Mlle. Bourienne is practicing her seduced-haunted-guilty plan.
  • Bolkonsky is pacing back and forth, grumbling about the idea of Marya having to marry the first jerk to come along.
  • The next morning, Mlle. Bourienne and Anatole sneak off to be alone.
  • Marya goes to see her father, who lays into her as usual. He demands to know whether she wants to get married. She’s all, “um, well, sorta.” He tells her that in an hour she’ll announce her decision to the Kuragins. She can tell that he’s not into it, but Bolkonsky’s policy is that girls should get to say yes or no without pressure. Aw, how progressive. But to give her all the facts, Bolkonsky points out that Anatole clearly has the hots for Mlle. Bourienne.
  • And hey, speak of the devil. Just as she's leaving her father's study, Marya runs into Anatole and Mlle. Bourienne...making out. Anatole kind of laughs it off, but Mlle. Bourienne freaks out and runs away.
  • An hour later, when she is supposed to be announcing her decision, Marya is petting Mlle. Bourienne’s hair and telling her that she loves her and wants her to be happy. Wow, now that’s what we call self-sacrificing. Yeesh.
  • Marya goes to see Prince Vassily, Anatole, and her dad and announces that she doesn’t ever want to get married.
  • Bolkonsky is moved and almost gives her a hug or a kiss or something. Instead he just ends up hurting her hand.
  • Marya promises to do everything in her power to get Anatole and Mlle. Bourienne married. She also decides to give up all personal desires and hopes and dreams and totally sacrifice herself for her father’s sake. Man. That sucks. 

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