War and Peace Volume 4, Part 4, Chapter 17 Summary
Pierre, Natasha, and Marya all go to the dining room and try to figure out what to talk about. It’s kind of awkward – they just had this big emotional moment but now they need to somehow get back to regular life.
They chat about what was lost in Moscow, how Pierre is now a bachelor again and can marry (which makes him blush crazily), and how he didn’t meet Napoleon but was going to try to kill him.
Natasha experiences deep empathy listening to Pierre and living what he’s describing through his words. She really gets him.
Marya suddenly realizes that Pierre and Natasha might have a future together.
That night after Pierre leaves, Marya and Natasha have kind of a hint-hint wink-wink convo about how great Pierre is.