War and Peace Volume 2, Part 2, Chapter 13 Summary
At Prince Bolkonsky’s estate, Andrei sees that Marya has visitors – the dirt-poor ultra-religious traveling “people of God” who would go on pilgrimages and survive on charity.
Andrei takes Pierre to see them, basically because he wants Pierre to get a kick out of how crazy they are.
Marya is embarrassed when they come in – clearly she knows how Andrei feels about the God-people. The God-people aren’t at all embarrassed, though, and start immediately telling a story about an icon of the Virgin Mary that they saw weeping tears of oil.
Pierre is like, but it’s clearly fake.
Pelageyushka, the woman of God, is upset that he would say such a thing and tells him about a general who went blind because he doubted the miracle. Pierre and Andrei keep cracking jokes about it. The woman gets more and more upset and is finally about to leave.
Pierre then feels terrible, apologizes, and gets Pelageyushka to stay and tell them more of the story.