The book is getting more and more interesting. I suppose this is because I have accustomed to the characters and the world they live in, the mundane life and the latent dread as well as enthusiasm of the war abroad.
The parts from chapter 12 through 25 tells the preparation for the war of the Drubetskoys and the Bolkonskys.
In brief, the setting moved from Petersburg to Moscova. Anna Mikhailovna Drubetskaya after getting Vasily Kuragin to bring her son — Boris Drubetskoy — out into the adjacent guard, came to Count Kiril Vladimirovich Bezukhov … to be blunt, to get money (or for her: to do justice to Pierre). Prince Vasily and the Bezukhov Princess (mostly Katish — the eldest, who blindly believe devoted herself to the Count for the hope that she would automatically get something in return — inheriting the Count’s fortune) tried to destroy the Count’s will that leaves everything to Pierre - the illegitimate son.
- Princess Katish: she is funny, but at the same time has despicable character. Understanding how the situation (the Count’s heir is not her and her sisters) is becoming truer, she acted as if she had lost hope in humanity and throw a tantrum by saying that she doesn’t need anything and she would just devote herself without asking anything in return, although she would be left without a penny and a hard life after the Count’s death. Amazingly, she reminds me of myself. I don’t want to be blind like that. Luckily she got Prince Vasily to be conscious and try to get her on the reasonable path. In the end, she still lost everything. —— Poor her! — And thinking about father’s fortune while he’s dying is terrible of a person — The lesson is to handle the mundane monetary matter.
- Anna Mikhailovna: a scary woman. I don’t know if she is shameless or just audacious and motherly sacrificial. But after begging Prince Vasily to help her son, she proceeded to take away the Count fortune, implying that it was only for justice. I also don’t understand how relationship works in Russian in the 1800s, but she seemed only to be an acquaintance of Count - yet claiming to have the responsibility to act like a real relative. She appears to be very fake. — The lesson is to look, distinct, and beware of between those who come to you for benefits or truly from their kind and concerning heart only.
- Prince Andrei Bolkonskys: more and more appear as a man who follows his ideal. To do things greater than the mundane gossips that “belongs to women”. —— Admirable man but will be a pain to leave with (poor Lisa).
- Princess Lisa Bolkonskys: probably the happiest yet most miserable woman ever, having Prince Andrei as her husband. She was left at the Bolkonskys estates in the country. A society woman as herself, devoid of her company, as well as in her beautiful age, would be as lamentable as a withered flower.
- Princess Mary Bilkonskys: pious Christian is scary.
- Prince Nikolai Bolkonskys: again another admirable man, and a pain to live with. Time and schedule is important to him — I agree.
- Pierre/Count Bezukhov (after Kiril Bezukhov’s death): his personality started to diverge from my Matryoska, but still, maybe I haven’t known him well enough. I can see him being as lost at surrounding meanings as Pierre during the mass for Count Kiril’s death, yet still follow his instructor (in this case Princess Mikhailovna) as if it was right to be. Part one close with him inheriting the Bezukhov’s fortune. He is to be really interesting (I hope to mature/bloom into something beautiful) later.