From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
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.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement