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War and Peace

War and Peace


by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace Volume 3, Part 3, Chapter 15 Summary

  • It's the last day that Moscow will be in Russian hands.
  • A little militia gathers to defend the city like Rastopchin wanted – but he doesn’t show up, so they go off to get drunk.
  • The economy has the expected shifts – horse and cart prices shoot through the roof, while other stuff is sold cheaper and cheaper.
  • The Rostovs have everything packed, but now that their stuff is loaded up, the wounded men in their house are begging to be taken along.
  • The Count gives some vague orders to clear off a cart or two for a couple of wounded officers.
  • When Countess Rostov sees this, she flips out, yelling at her husband that he’s going to make their children poor.
  • Count Rostov doesn’t want an argument with his wife, and Natasha overhears her mom having this greedy tantrum.

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