War and Peace Saturday: Chapters 8-14

I’ve decided to go by characters again because I haven’t thought of a better way to do this and because there are just as many if not more new characters in this section as there were in the last section.

I’ve put them in the order they appear/are mentioned–or the order I figured out who they were enough to write something down. (*=Appeared in section; Bold=New character)

*Pierre: Yes, he’s the bastard son of C. Bezuknov; He’s staying with P. Vasili and hanging out with his son, Anatole, and even though he promises P. Andrew he won’t get in any more trouble, he can’t help drinking and doing crazy stuff with the guys–which ultimately gets him sent back to Moscow

*Prince Andrew: He’s been married only as long as his wife’s been pregnant and advises Pierre to never get married because it will ruin his future

Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte: spelled “Bonaparte” by narrator but when spoken it’s “Buonaparte” (I guess it’s a French thing)

Prince Vasili Kuragin: Kept his promise old lady, Ps. Anna regarding her son, Boris; is competing with Pierre for Bezuknov’s inheritance–Vasili seems the legitimate heir, but Pierre is his favorite

*Anatole Kuragin: Love wild living and throwing destructive parties with bears on his property

*Stevens: a drunk English naval officer, hangs out with Anatole

*Dolokhov: a notorious rake; an officer in the army and a big gambler; living with Anatole

*Jacob: another drunk

*Bruin: a baby bear

*Princess Anna Mikhaylovna Drubetskaya: got her son Boris a job as a guard, a persistent woman but poor and involved in some sort of lawsuit; hopes to get money from C. Bezukhov; staying with the Rostovs

*Boris Drubetska (Bory): a guard in the army; promises to marry little Nataly when she turns 16

*Countess Nataly Rostov: the mom of 12 children; claims that her daughters will share everything with her and that she’s friends with them–except her oldest daughter, who she just doesn’t understand

*Natalya Ilynichna Rostov (Nataly; Natasha): 13-year-old daughter of C. Rostov, beloved by her parents, described as young and not pretty, carries around her doll, Mimi, and has a crush on Bory

*Count Rostov: a rich count living in Moscow; he’s insincere and comical; says “splendid” a lot

*Dmitri Vasilevich: manager of C. Rostov’s affairs

*Marya Lvovna Karagina: a visitor to Cs. Rostov; described as “affected”

Marya Ivanova Dolokova: Dolokov’s mom (everyone believes that she must be so ashamed of her son)

Count Cyril Vladimirovich Bezukhov: dying rich guy with lots of bastard children; Vasili seems to be a legitimate child, or is at least related, and Pierre is his favorite; he also has Bory as a godchild

*Nicholas Rostov: C. Rostov’s eldest son; going out with Sonya, but flirts with other girls; going into the army

*Sonya: C. Rostov’s niece (Nicholas’ cousin); described as a “kitten”

*Petya Rostov: C. Rostov’s youngest son…have we seen all 12 yet?

*Julie Karagina Dolokova: Marya, the visitor’s daughter (not Marya of drunk Dolokov); she flirts with Nicholas and makes Sonya jealous

Schubert: colonel of Pavlograd Hussars

Salomoni: a famous singer

*Countess Vera Rostov: C. Rostov’s eldest daughter; described as adult-like; no one seems to like her, not even her mom, and the other siblings tease her by calling her “Madame de Genlis,” whatever that means

Berg: Vera’s beau, but seems to be more by arrangement than love


Winner of the “Most Interesting Character Not Yet Appearing” award: Count Bezukhov–everyone seems to want something to do with him (or from him, like his money).

Runner-Up: Bonaparte–everyone’s talking about him, so why shouldn’t he be in it?

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