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.