Reading for Saturday, 28 February
As the Rostovs still continue to pack the wagons, Berg shows up and we get an immediate contrast between him and Natasha.
Berg has just realised that with everybody leaving he can get some cheap furniture from escaping aristocrats and is interested in a dressing-table. Not only that, he wants to borrow a servant to help him pick it up, when the Rostovs are clearly evacuating. I don’t think he’s going to win any son-in-law brownie points there.
Meanwhile, Natasha looks out in the front yard, and all she can see is the wounded people . . . And so in the end it is the daughter that confronts the mother, not her husband.