This chapter gave me a bit of a shock coming when it did, only because – believe it or not – this is where the Bondarchuk film actually ends.
In a way, that might seem abrupt, but this reunion between Pierre and Natsha pretty much tells you everything that you need to know.
But those of us going for the full experience will be happy to know that this is just the beginning (of the end) and that – a bit like Lord of the Rings – there is a fair amount of wrapping up to be enjoyed in the meantime.
In a way, this feels like the companion piece to the time Natasha and Pierre met before the war started – when he first told her that he liked her after she’d caused the scandal with Anatole (and what a long time ago that was, eh?).