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War and Peace
War and Peace
by Leo Tolstoy
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War and Peace Volume 4, Part 2, Chapter 10 Summary

  • Does Napoleon's work? Um, no.
  • Murat can’t find Kutuzov.
  • The messengers never even get to Alexander.
  • All of Moscow burns down.
  • Looting and pillaging goes on without stop.
  • Whoever tried to deliver the proclamations to the peasants hiding in the woods was captured and killed.
  • The theaters immediately failed because the actors and actresses were harassed and robbed.
  • There is theft, fighting, robbery, and rape everywhere.
  • After all that, the French army is suddenly gripped by fear after the battle at Tarutino, and they flee Moscow.
  • But first they load up with stolen goods and loot and are as heavily weighed down with stuff as they could possibly be.
  • Does Napoleon tell them to leave all this stuff behind? No, he just figures it’ll be fine.
  • To sum up, with some awesome mockery on Tolstoy’s part: “During the whole of that period Napoleon, who seems to us to have been the leader of all these movements – as the figurehead of a ship may seem to a savage to guide the vessel – acted like a child who, holding a couple of straps tied inside a carriage, thinks that he is driving it” (4.2.10.22). Oh snap!
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