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War and Peace

War and Peace


by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace Volume 3, Part 1, Chapter 17 Summary

  • Natasha is more animated, but she’s still pretty shell-shocked by what happened. She has a hard time enjoying anything or feeling pleasure, so she just avoids everything.
  • Mostly she tries not to be a burden to her family.
  • She also hangs out with Pierre, who is super nice to her. He never talks about his feelings for her, and she just assumes all that stuff about proposing was a way to make her feel better and doesn’t really mean anything. (Yeah, we all frequently ask people to marry us just to make them feel better.)
  • Anyway, later in the summer Natasha gets really into church and starts preparing for communion the old-fashioned way – mass three times a day for a week.
  • Her mom thinks this is a good sign.
  • Listening to the service, Natasha doesn’t understand everything that is being said. (Russian Orthodox services are conducted in Church Slavonic, a language that is related to, but not the same as, Russian.) Still, it makes her happy to feel like God is guiding her.

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