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thinking, the sciences, poetry,
music,
love, friendship, hatred, passion,
went on as usual, independently
and outside of the political issue
of friendship or war with
Napoleon Bonaparte.
January, February, March, April...
Come on, speak, Mama.
This won't do, my dear.
Not everyone can understand
your childhood friendship.
Seeing you two being so close
may be detrimental to you,
and what's more important, it's
making him wretched for nothing.
He might have already found a good
match, and now he's going crazy.
Is he?
I'll tell you about myself.
I had a cousin...
I know, Kirill Matveyevich.
But he's an old man.
He was not always old.
I'll speak to Boris.
He mustn't come so often.
- Why not, if he wants to?
- Because it can't come to anything.
Mama, what nonsense!
All right, I won't marry him, but let
him come if we both enjoy it.
Not to be married, but -just so...
- How so, my dear?
- Oh, just so.
I don't want to get married at all.
Just so...
Stop laughing.
You're shaking the bed.
You're so much like me,
just another giggler.
Well, is he very much in love?
What do you think?
Did someone love you as much?
Besides, he's very nice.
Only not quite to my liking.
He's so narrow, like the grandfather
clock in the dining-room.
- Do you know what I mean?
- No.
- Narrow, gray, light-colored...
- What nonsense you talk!
Don't you really understand?
Nikolenka would understand.
Bezukhov, for instance, is blue.
Navy blue and red.
And he's quadrangular.
- You're flirting with him, too.
- No, he's a Freemason.
He's a darling, navy blue and red.
How can I explain it to you?
Countess, are you asleep?
No one can understand all
that I have in me.
Sonya? No, how could she?
She's too virtuous.
Even mother can't understand me.
It's amazing how clever I am and...
She is so charming. She's got
everything.
Extraordinarily intelligent,
pretty, graceful.
She swims, rides beautifully,
and her voice!
She's got a marvelous voice!
On December 31,
on the eve of the new year 1810,
a Catherine court dignitary
was giving a grand ball.
The Czar and the diplomatic corps
were expected to attend.
The Rostovs were invited, too,
and Natasha was preparing
for the first great ball
of her life.
Sonya! That bow isn't right.
Come here, will you?
- Aren't you ready? It's nearly 10.
- Coming!
- Are you ready, Mama?
- I only have my cap to pin on.
- Don't do it without me!
- But it's ten o'clock already!
Mavrusha, darling, hurry!
- Aren't you ever going to be ready?
- In a minute. Don't come in, Papa!
Can it be that no one will ask me
to dance?
That no one will notice me?
No, it can't be!
They have got to know
how I long to dance,
how wonderfully I dance, and how
glad they'll be to dance with me.
This is indeed interesting...
You always dance, don't you? I have
a protegee here, the Rostov girl.
- Will you ask her to dance?
- Where is she?
Excuse me, I'd be happy to go on
with our talk some other time.
But at a ball one should dance.
I want you to meet my daughter.
I have the pleasure of her acquaint-
ance, if the Countess remembers me.
Would you do me the honor
for a waltz?
If she goes to her cousin first,
then to another lady,
it will mean she will be my wife.
Isn't this marvelous?
Yes, it is. I'm very glad.
Oh, that's you. I've been working.
My dear, I have never experienced
anything like that.
I'm in love, my friend.
- Well?
- Mama, don't ask me anything now.
- With Natasha Rostova?
- Yes. Who else?
This feeling is too strong for me.
I wasn't really living until now.
Only now I feel alive,
but I can't live without her.
How could she ever love me?
I've never felt like this before!
But I feel scared when I'm with him.
Does that mean it's the real thing?
- Why don't you say something?
- Me? I've been telling you...
- Mama, are you asleep?
- No, my darling, I'm frightened.
I know I won't sleep anyway.
I never felt like this before!
That girl is

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