In this chapter, the inevitable happened – and this little subplot all comes to an end. In fact, in a regular novel, you wouldn’t have needed to put it in at all.
But it’s this incident that tells you just that bit more about the Bolkonsky family – and the Kuragin family for that matter.
Highlights for me, were the various levels of insomnia caused by the guests at the Bolkonsky mansion. (And the amusing fact that it is only Anatole, at the centre of all this, who can sleep quite easily.)
And then, the amazing way in which Princess Marya manages to transform herself, inside an hour, from being the victim to being a victorious martyr. Is she in denial? Probably.
But, hey, having seen what happened to Pierre, it’s probably a good thing for Marya that things didn’t go differently.