And now we begin another great Tolstoy set-piece, every bit on the scale of one of the battle scenes we’ve read previously – the New Years’ Eve Ball.
We’re kind of going into Jane Austen territory here – and this chapter especially so, with lots of running around, getting ready, doing the hair right, getting the dress ready, etc.
I don’t think I need to explain much more, do I? But in case you’ve missed the point – it’s a big party, everyone’s going to be there and the girls want to look their best! Hey, look, if I had several estates, plenty of servants to do my clothes and money to go around – I’d want to go as well. (Actually, this is the Rostovs – after having been thoroughly cleaned out by Berg, they don’t even need money.)