And we rejoin Andrei again, only to find him in the worst state we’ve seen him yet for the whole book.
He wants to kill Kuragin (or get killed by him – it doesn’t matter as long as there’s an element of revenge in there), the rest of the Bolkonsky family is in a bitter row, and he doesn’t feel any affection for his son.
It’s not looking good. The most shocking thing for me was that, when confronted by his father (who well and truly sets the tone and is the “elephant in the room” in this house) – rather than blaming his father – he blames Mademoiselle Bourienne. What’s with that? I think father and son are fairly similar . . .
Anyway, as with Book 1, Andrei is heading off to war leaving a lot of tension behind . . .