Short, sweet chapter, describing the period of engagement before Andrei leaves. He spends time at the Rostov's, and everyone seems to sit in silence a lot, even he and Natasha alone. He gives advice on estates, etc from the count, and receives it about his son from the countess.
Before he leaves, he brings Pierre over, and Natasha tells funny stories about him. Andrei tells her that if they ever have any need of anything, to consult Pierre - though absent-minded he has a heart of gold.
Natasha doesn't cry when he leaves, though she moons about absently for two weeks saying things like "did he go?", but then she snaps out of it.
It's clear they care for each other deeply, but unclear whether it will stand the separation. Tolstoy is setting this up as deep, adult feeling for both of them, but it's a long book. I'm not even half way through. I'm not having high hopes for the engagement at this point, but we'll see.
6 months ago