War and Peace Volume 3, Part 3, Chapter 34 Summary
When he gets back to the square, it's filled with people and he can’t figure out where the crying woman is.
He finally finds someone who knows the woman and her daughter.
As he talks to these neighbors, he sees French soldiers stripping the boots and fur coat from a rich Armenian man. His family sits nearby, and another soldier comes and starts to menacingly get close to their daughter.
It’s a horrifying scene, especially since the daughter just sits there and doesn’t even struggle against the soldier.
Pierre runs up, screams for them to let the young woman go, and starts to beat the stuffing out of the soldier. A patrol group of soldiers rounds the corner and takes him out.
Apparently the French have orders to round up anyone suspicious as part of a strategy to stop the fires, which they think are being set by guerrilla fighters.
Pierre fits the bill. He's taken into custody and placed in a house under guard. Talk about a cliffhanger.