Prince Bolkonsky is going over the papers he’s gotten ready for his death.
He calls in Alpatych and gives him a long list of the supplies he’s supposed to pick up in Smolensk and also a letter for the governor there. Two hours later (no, seriously, it’s apparently the world’s longest shopping list), Alpatych leaves and Prince Bolkonsky decides to go to bed.
Now we get a weird little insight into some of the Prince's mental issues. He’s been sleeping in a different place every night because he just can’t get comfortable. Every time he lies down and closes his eyes, he gets dizzy.
Suddenly, after lying down, he remembers that he’s supposed to do something. Oh, apparently he wanted to reread Andrei’s letter in bed.
Finally, this time reading it, it sinks in that the French are four days away and that everyone needs to get the heck out of Dodge already.
But instead of doing anything, he starts remembering himself as a young man, getting hot and heavy with Empress Catherine the Great, who had a thing for young handsome soldiers.