Back to business. The count, with Natasha and Sonya, arrives in Moscow. They stay with Marya Dmitrievna. (Remember her? She was the ball-busting powerful lady from the first part who terrified everyone but Natasha, who was just as forceful at 13- - she’s charmed and Natasha’s her goddaughter).
She knows the score, and bosses everyone around. She takes Natasha to get dresses made, and she intimidates the dressmaker to her own financial advantage. Rostov is checking on selling the Moscow estate.
Marya gives Natasha some advice about how to make Princess Marya and the old Prince like her, but Natasha is silent. Marya takes it as acquiescence, but in reality Natasha disliked any interference in the matter of her love for Prince Andrei, wich appeared to her so set apart from all human affairs that no one, to her mind, could understand it.
Marya says it’s better if she would try to be friends with them, and easier if they like her.
It would be, but they’re a challenging lot.