This chapter we have more of the Andrei/Natasha romance – but this time from the viewpoint of Pierre.
I love the way this is described. Pierre feels both sad and happy at the same time. He can’t quite put his finger on why, but I think it’s because of two things:
1) First of all, Andrei finding happiness just reminds him of the unhappiness he’s going through with his own relationship. (And his wife is still well and truly alive – not something that Andrei has to worry about, thanks to Leo’s twist.)
2) But, secondly, Pierre has been friends with the Rostovs and Natasha for a long time. It’s never been said that he’s been in love with her – but sometimes you don’t know what you really like until it’s out of reach . . .
Anyway, it’s just a throwaway moment before being dominated by Vera’s hilariously unsubtle interrogation of Andrei. But . . . has she shown the seeds of jealousy by mentioning Boris? Is she being a troublemaker on purpose?
We don’t know, because Pierre’s been interrupted by Berg calling him over to join the argument – the one that all good parties have to have . . .