War and Peace Volume 3, Part 2, Chapter 23 Summary
Bennigsen rides off along the barrow, and Pierre sees the future Raevsky battery barrow – which is where he’ll be spending the battle. But he doesn’t know this yet, so he doesn’t pay attention.
Bennigsen talks to his officers about planning, and Pierre tunes out because it’s boring and he has no idea what they’re talking about.
Bennigsen notices and snaps at him for not listening. Pierre tries to cover.
Then Bennigsen notices a bunch of soldiers positioned under an elevated piece of land. The better place to secure the hill would be on top, so Bennigsen moves them.
What Bennigsen doesn’t know is that the soldiers were put under the hill not to defend the high place, but to be a sneak attack force. He moves them, says nothing to Kutuzov because he hates him, and so destroys a piece of strategy.