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During the party Marya sits in the corner, stressing about her dad being mad at her.
Boris tries to chat her up a little bit, but she’s not listening, so he quits trying.
Pierre comes up and jokingly tells her that Boris is out to snag a rich bride – probably Julie Karagin. Apparently it’s all the rage for guys to be all emo, so he’s been playing that to the hilt.
Marya can’t handle the banter and breaks down in tears. She almost tells her whole sad story to Pierre, but only manages to get across a general sense of misery before she shuts down and won’t say another word.
Instead, she asks about Natasha. She wants to know what kind of woman she is.
Pierre immediately realizes that Marya already hates Natasha and is asking about her future sister-in-law to confirm her negative opinion. Pierre tells her that Natasha is enchanting and that she’ll come to meet the Bolkonsky family soon. Oh, yes – that’s bound to go well.