In this chapter, we see Boris go about the process of bettering his position. (Obviously, having learned well from his Mum.) I think this chapter kind of speaks for itself, but I suspect that the inside glimpse it gives us into the politics behind the battles are fairly accurate. My favourite moment would be the quote by the ever-cheeky Bilibin (while not making a physical appearance in this chapter, nonetheless his wit does), in which he advises the Russians to reply to Napoleon and refer to him as the ruler of France – thus refusing to acknowledge all Napoleon’s rule over the countries he has conquered. The battle with Napoleon wasn’t just fought with cannons . . .