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War and Peace

War and Peace


by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace Volume 4, Part 2, Chapter 17 Summary

  • Kutuzov, meanwhile, is tossing and turning, stressing about whether the French army has actually been defeated or not.
  • He’s been waiting for some confirmation of this, but no definitive proof has come along. Now, he obsessively calculates and recalculates all the bazillions of different things the French army and Napoleon could be doing.
  • He’s been getting reports that seem good, but he’s an old hand and knows people can interpret raw intelligence to make it sound like whatever they want it to.
  • When the envoy comes, Kutuzov listens to everything the man has to say and then starts to cry. Why? Because this is it – the definitive news he’s been waiting for. Russia wins!

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