War and Peace Volume 2, Part 2, Chapter 14 Summary
The old woman tells more of her story – how she knew a super saintly priest whose hands smelled like incense, and on and on.
Andrei leaves and doesn’t want to listen, but Pierre sticks around and later tells Marya that he can appreciate people who are deeply religious.
She asks if he thinks Andrei is doing OK and tells him that she is worried about her brother and how depressed he is.
Suddenly all the servants start hustling and bustling – Prince Bolkonsky is back from his trip. He’s in a good mood and is happy to see Pierre. They all have dinner, and Pierre and Prince Bolkonsky have a friendly argument about whether there could ever be a time without war. Pierre is idealistic, but Prince Bolkonsky laughs and basically calls him an idiot.
Still, it’s a good time.
Pierre feels like one of the family – even the baby likes him.
When he leaves, they all talk about him and say only good things.