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War and Peace

War and Peace


by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace Volume 3, Part 3, Chapter 21 Summary

  • Moscow’s bridges are crammed with people and soldiers trying to get out. Picture the worst traffic jam you’ve ever seen, but without any rules of the road.
  • Some of Russian soldiers decide to turn back and do some minor looting around town.
  • Officers go to shoo these looters away and get sucked into the looting themselves.
  • At the bridges, there is still no movement.
  • Finally, some general decides to take matters into his own hands, unloads a bunch of cannons from their wagon, and pretends he’s about to start shooting into the crowd. Everyone quickly gets a move on and the road is cleared.
  • We’re thinking the traffic cops could take a tip from these guys, no?

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