War and Peace Volume 2, Part 3, Chapter 23 Summary
To get married, Andrei needs his dad’s permission. Wait, what? Really? But he’s an adult. He even has all his inheritance already, so it’s not even a money thing.
Well, whatever. Andrei sets off to see his dad the next day.
His dad is underwhelmed by the good news. He’s a crabby, bitter old man who resents anyone else’s good time or youth. His response? Eh, that’s nice, but you have to wait a year before getting married just to see if this so-called love will last.
Andrei agrees and stays with his dad for three weeks. His dad and his son. Remember how he has a son, whom he rarely sees?
Anyway, back in Petersburg, when Andrei suddenly disappears for three weeks without so much as a word, Natasha becomes totally depressed. She mopes around all day. Then one day she wakes up and decides to just go back to her old life.
Just then, she hears the door. It’s Andrei.
Andrei speaks with Countess Rostov and asks for Natasha’s hand in marriage. Obviously, the Countess says yes.
Then Andrei asks Natasha herself. Surprise, surprise – she also says yes.
At first she is too excited to really register the whole wait-a-year thing, but when it sinks it she's upset. Well, for a couple of minutes, anyway. Then she decides she’s willing to wait.