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All the aristocrats have pretty much left Moscow – all except the Rostovs, who are still waiting for Petya to come back to the regiment that Pierre formed outside Moscow.
Countess Rostov is doing her usual histrionics, freaking out about Petya and making everyone else’s lives miserable in the process.
Finally, Petya comes back on August 28, but the Rostovs are still there on September 1 – the day before the French army will enter the city. Um, let’s get a move on, shall we?
At home Petya just wants to hang out with Natasha, and his mom is jealous that he’s avoiding her mommying. But you know, he’s a teenage boy, a little too cool for school where his mom is concerned.
They spend the days after Petya comes home packing up and getting ready. It’s a lot more hustle and bustle than actual productive labor. The only one who’s actually working is Sonya, although she’s been in a pretty bad mood ever since Nikolai’s letter about his rescue of Marya. Countess Rostov is talking up the potential marriage match there.
Petya and Natasha are just having a grand old time and not helping or doing anything useful.