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War and Peace

War and Peace


by Leo Tolstoy

War and Peace Volume 4, Part 3, Chapter 12 Summary

  • This whole time, Pierre has noticed that the French are getting more and more disorganized.
  • The army is all mashed together, as are the prisoners.
  • Partisans (a.k.a. guerrillas) keep picking off their supplies, and lots of French soldiers are deserting.
  • The prisoners keep dying or getting sick and being shot.
  • Platon falls sick with a fever and Pierre finds himself pulling away from the old man and starting to ignore him. It’s clearly just a psychological survival mechanism – you can’t think about all the horrors around you without going crazy.
  • Pierre just tries to focus on whatever pieces of happiness or contentment he can find – like, for instance, the fact that his foot sores no longer bother him. Oh yeah, that’s happiness – when your festering sores are too painful to feel.

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