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War and Peace

War and Peace

by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace Volume 2, Part 1, Chapter 8 Summary

  • Liza goes into labor. She’s kind of in denial about it at first, but the Bolkonskys quickly call the midwife. 
  • Since Liza is so modern, they also call for an obstetrician from Moscow. But the midwife is like, um, it will be fine without him.
  • Marya goes to her room to pray, and her old nanny comes and sits with her.
  • Meanwhile, the household is pretending like nothing is going on, which is apparently the polite thing to do. But obviously that’s also hard to do when you’ve got a woman screaming in pain in the house, so in reality everyone is all keyed up and tensely waiting.
  • That night, still no news.
  • Marya is sitting with her nanny when suddenly the wind blows open a window and cold snow blows into the room.
  • The nanny peeks out and sees a carriage.
  • Marya assumes it’s the Moscow doctor and rushes downstairs to let him in.
  • But then it turns out to be...Andrei! He’s alive.
  • Also, the doctor is in the same carriage. They go to Liza’s room. (Hey, good call on not telling her that he was dead, right?)

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