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War and Peace

War and Peace


by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace Volume 3, Part 3, Chapter 28 Summary

  • Pierre has decided that he can’t let anyone know that he speaks French. This will be a way to hide his identity and his rank.
  • The knock at the door turns out to be a French officer, who comes in and wants to be quartered in the house.
  • Everyone kind of ignores him for a while, until suddenly Makar jumps out of nowhere and points the gun at the Frenchman.
  • Pierre lunges and tackles Makar, and the gunshot goes wide, missing.
  • Forgetting that he’s supposed to not speak French, Pierre runs up the officer to make sure he’s not injured.
  • He explains that Makar is drunk and crazy, and the officer is all, hey buddy, you saved my life, so we’re cool.
  • The officer declares that Pierre must be French, then orders food and wine to be brought.

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