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Part IV

Summary

Nikolai Rostov is enjoying himself, as the commander of the Pavlograd regiment in place of Denisov. His soldiers respect him and admire him as their leader. He is delighted with his position and comfortable in his surroundings. Thus, when he receives a letter from home asking him to return back to sort out the financial tangle created by the Count, he is unwilling to go. However, his motherís persuasive words compel him to visit home. After taking permission from the headquarters, he bids goodbye to his soldiers. He reaches home with apprehension but finds everything same, except his parents who have aged. His mother talks about the Countís inability to manage their finances and the tenants exploiting his weakness. Rostov takes the matter into his hands and apprehends the erring tenant Mitenka. Beyond this, he is unable to do anything, as he is in the dark about the Countís financial holdings and dealings.

Unable to retrieve the mess created by his father, Nikolai decides to make the best of his holidays. He joins a hunting expedition along with the Count and Natasha. Thus, equipped with their hounds, they follow their trainer into the forest for a long and exciting hunt. After a long and arduous chase, Danilo manages to catch the wolf and Nikolai helps him trap it. During the course of their hunt, they meet an old acquaintance that they call as ĎUncle.í At his invitation, the younger Rostovs accompany him to his home and enjoy his hospitality.


Natasha often remembers Andrei and longs to meet him, even though she receives his letters from time to time. She becomes a victim of her moods and causes concern to her parents. She is cheerful only when there is some activity in the house. Thus, when the mummers arrive, she goes into disguise like the others and visits the house of Melukovas, one of the well-wishers of the Rostovs. At the Melukovas, they have fun running around and guessing the identity of each other. During the game, Nikolai discovers his love for Sonya. Returning home, he informs the Countess about his decision to marry Sonya. The Countess is dejected because she had hoped to better their prospects in life by marrying off Nikolai to an heiress. However, she resigns herself to the situation. Shortly afterwards, Nikolai leaves for the army station. The health of the Countess deteriorates and the atmosphere at home turns gloomy. Andrei writes to inform about his proposed trip to Moscow. The Count also decides to make a trip to that city to sell his house and estate. Thus, he leaves for Moscow along with Natasha and Sonya.

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