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?