So the guests begin to leave Anna Scherer's party and we are informed that, "Pierre is clumsy... and absentminded." The oldest saw of the old saws in a writer's workshop is "show don't tell," but certainly, here, Tolstoy does tell-- and then he shows:
(p.22): "Getting up, he took a three-cornered hat with a general's plumage instead of his own and held on to it, plucking at the feathers, until the general asked him to give it back..."
A few lines further down, "Prince Ippolit stood beside the pretty, pregnant princess and looked at her directly and intently through his lorgnette."
How's that for some foreshadowing? Like a safe pushed out the window of the 21st floor. Wacky analogy, oh well.
I was also so struck by the vividness of the body language earlier on... but if I tarry, I'll never get through this...
So what is Henry Fonda doing in this blog post? He played Pierre in the movie.