Several chapters ago, we saw Pierre’s anger grow so severe that it distorted his perception of Natasha. Next, Napoleon is so vexed with anger that he can barely reason or control his rebellious calf muscles. Now it’s Prince Andrei’s turn. He can almost see the folly of his position with Anatole (a confrontation with Anatole may result in his humiliation or death) but he still can’t escape anger’s grip. It’s only Princess Marya, with her relentless commitment to forgiveness, who seems to know another path.