War and Peace Characters
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Anna Pavlovna Scherer "Annette"
A wealthy St. Petersburg socialite. Unmarried hostess of patriotic circle. Lady-in-waiting and confidante to the Empress Marya Fyodorovna
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Vasili Sergeevich Kuragin (also Prince Vassily)
self-seeking man who has a low opinion of his children but seeks to further their interests. Convinces Pierre Bezukhov to marry his daughter Hélène despite Pierre's reservations. Prince Vasili is self-serving and manipulative throughout the novel, and consistently attempts to swindle Pierre Bezukhov. The middle-aged patriarch of the Kuragin family. He is intelligent, calculating, and will go to great lengths to benefit his family. He is the father of Ippolit, Anatole, and Hélène.
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Hippolyte Kuragin (also Prince Ippolit)
son of Vasili Kuragin. A dull and boring man. A diplomat and the butt of Bilibin's humor. Prince Vassily’s eldest son. Vassily calls him an “an untroublesome fool” (6) and he plays less of a role in the novel than his siblings do. "Surprisingly ugly."
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Hélène Kuragina "Ellen" "Elena"
daughter of Vasili Kuragin. Later Countess Bezukhova (wife of Pierre Bezukhov). Beautiful, self-serving woman. Rumored at one point to have an affair with Fyodor Dolokhov. Prince Vassily’s beautiful and delightful daughter. Sister to Anatole and Ippolit. She marries Pierre Bezukhov and becomes a famous socialite. Her Russian name is Elena Vassilievna, but she is almost always referred to as Hélène.
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Anatole Kuragin
son of Vasili Kuragin. Handsome, irresponsible and somewhat hedonistic military officer. Planned to seduce Natasha Rostova. Prince Vassily's handsome, charismatic son. Despite his charm, he is a good-for-nothing whose main activity is seducing women.
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Prince Nikolay Andreevitch Bolkonsky
Name of both father and son of Prince Andrey Bolkonsky. An intelligent and wealthy middle-aged prince who lives in the country. He makes his family miserable with his stinginess and his eccentric ways. Father to Andrei Bolkonsky and Princess Marya. Retired under the late Emperor, and nicknamed "the King of Prussia." Clever, but eccentric.
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Princess Marya Bolkonskaya
A woman who struggles between the obligations of her religion and the desires of her heart. Marya lives with her father at his estate, Bald Hills. She is subject to her father's fastidious and unscrupulous schedule and standards. Also called Maria. Eventually married Nikolai Rostov. Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky’s daughter, and brother to Prince Andrei. She is becoming an old maid and hopes to marry soon so that she can get away from her father. However, she is extremely pious and serious and enjoys an ascetic lifestyle.
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Prince Andrew Nikolayevich Bolkonsky
Son of Prince Nikolay Bolkonsky. A brave (at times arrogant) soldier who becomes cynical in the Napoleonic Wars. Counterpart to Pierre. Valued aide-de-camp to Kutuzov in 1805. Married to Lisa Bolkonskaya, father of young prince Nikolay Bolkonsky, and afterwards engaged to Natasha Rostova. One of the novel's primary characters, brother to Princess Marya and son to Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky. Also called Prince Andrey, Andryusha, Andrei, or Andre. He is a fiercely moral and moody man who battles his desire to be part of the world and military against his desire to be left alone. Father to Nikolushka later, after his wife Lise dies. Finds parties tedious. Finds his young wife Lise tedious. Easy demeanor with people in every walk of life, extraordinary memory, erudition.
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Princess Elisabeta "Lisa" Karlovna Bolkonskaya (also Lise) née Meinena. Little Princess
Wife of Andrey Bolkonsky. Also called "little princess". Prince Andrei Bolkonsky’s wife. She is often referred to as Liza, “the young princess” or “the little princess.” She is not to be confused with Princess Marya Bolkonsky. Lise is pregnant at the start of the book and is known for her youthful prettiness. Brimming with health and vitality.
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Pierre Bezukhov
The illegitimate son of Count Bezukhov. A freethinking, sometimes reckless, man capable of decisive action and great displays of willpower when circumstances demand it. Inherits Count Bezukhov's fortune, later becomes a Freemason and plans to assassinate Napoleon. Husband of Hélène Kuragina and after her death, of Natasha Rostova. One of the few main characters not associated with one of the novel's major families. A young heir whose quest for spiritual fulfillment is one of the novel's major plots. Until he gets his inheritance, he fails to impress society because of his absent-mindedness, his overweight stature, and his social awkwardness. However, he is well-meaning and thoughtful and enjoys intelligent conversation. Trying to decide on a career. "Petrushka" "Petya"
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Vicomte Mortemart
In the initial scene he is repeatedly referred to as 'the vicomte'. A French viscount who fled France during the Revolution and has lived in Russia ever since.
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Abbé Morio
In the initial scene he is repeatedly referred to as 'the Abbé'; based on the real life priest and writer Scipione Piattoli.
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Princess Anna Mikhaylovna Drubetskaya
Friend of Countess Rostova. A poor, elderly lady. Supporter of Boris, her son. An elderly, impoverished princess who constantly requests favors and money from the other characters in the novel. She does her best to provide for her son, Boris, despite her bad financial situation. She proves to be a skilled manipulator when she manages to ingratiate herself with both sides of the Bezukhov inheritance dispute.
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Boris Drubetskoy
ambitious son of Princess Anna Mikhaylovna Drubetskaya. Army officer; fought at Austerlitz and later married Julie Karagina, thereby becoming rich. Childhood friend of Countess Rostova.
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Mikhail Ilarionovich Kutuzov
real-life Russian general featuring throughout the book. His diligence and modesty eventually save Russia from French invasion. A real, high-ranking general who became commander in chief of the Russian military when the war with France recommenced in 1812.
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Fedor Ivanovich Dolokhov (Fedya)
Valiant in battle. A partisan leader in 1812. A cold man, he is a noted duelist and drinker, but is caring for his disadvantaged family. He once duels with Pierre and is nearly killed. Was rumored to be having an affair with Helene Bezukhov. Proposed unsuccessfully to Sonya. His possible prototypes were Count Fyodor Ivanovich Tolstoy, (also known as the "American"), Rufin Dorokhov (friend of Lermontov, killed during the Caucasian War), and renowned partisan leader Colonel Alexandre Figner. An officer in the Semyonovsky regiment, known for his penchant for gambling and duels. He lives with Anatole Kuragin. 25. Infantry officer. Small means and no connections.
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Dmitry Dokhturov
One of the characters used as a mouthpiece by Tolstoy to express his disillusionment with the tendency of historians to attribute the course of events to the will of certain iconic, often heroic figures despite the fact that more obscure but perhaps equally influential characters contributed to the eventual outcome. Unheralded but played a decisive role at Austerlitz, Smolensk, Borodino, and Maley Yaroslavetz. Notorious gambler and duelist. Living with Anatole.
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Stevens
An English naval officer, mentioned briefly early on in the novel.
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Count Ilya Rostov Spendthrift. Optimistic father, agreeable but foolish.
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Countess Natalya RostovaWife of Count Ilya. Had twelve children. Worn.
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Natasha Rostova
Initially, a romantic young girl, she evolves through trial and suffering, including engagement to Prince Andrew Bolkonsky which is terminated by her unfaithfulness, then later by his death, and eventually finds domestic happiness with Pierre Bezukhov.
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Count Kirill Vladimirovich Bezukhov (also Count Bezuhov)
Pierre's father and very wealthy aristocrat who served in Catherine II's court.
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Sonya
The 'sterile flower'. Orphaned cousin of Vera, Nikolai, Natasha, and Petya Rostov. Engaged to Nikolai throughout most of the book, toward the end she releases him to marry Princess Marya.
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Nikolai Rostov
The eldest Rostov son, who joins the Russian military in 1805. He eventually marries Princess Marya Bolkonskaya. Also known as Nikolai or Nicholas.
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Petya Rostov
The youngest Rostov son. Becomes a soldier. Killed in a partisan raid.
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Countess Natalya RostovaWife of Count Ilya.
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Vera Rostova
The oldest Rostov daughter, she eventually marries Lieutenant Berg.
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Julie Karagina
wealthy heiress. Friend of Marya Bolkonskaya. Married Boris Drubetskoy.
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Marya Dmitriyevna Akhrosimova
relative of Count Rostov and matchmaker. Strict but respected and admired.
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Bilibin
Russian diplomat to Austria. Appears in Vol I, Part II, Chapter 10. Entertains Prince Andrey Bolkonsky during the Prince's stay in Brno to inform the Austrian government of Russian victories.
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Stepan Stepanovich Adraksin acquaintance of Pierre Bezukhov
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Father Akinfi monk and confessor of Marya Bolkonskay
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Tsar Alexander I of Russia
liberal emperor early in his reign but gradually became more conservative.
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Elizabeth Alexeievna empress of Russia.
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Yakov Alpatych
servant and estate manager of Prince Nikolay Bolkonsky
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Count Aleksey Arakcheyev
severe minister of war in 1809; cruel but cowardly; former minister of war by 1812 but trusted by Tsar Alexander I
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Karl Gustav von BaggehufwudtRussian general, killed at Tarutino
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Prince Bagration
Russian general, considered "The hero of heroes" by Tolstoy. He is a modest, polite, but very strong character An accurate image of Bagration in real life. Fought the French in a rear-guard action near Schoengraben in 1805, protecting Kutuzov. Commander of an army in 1812, killed at Borodino.
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Balagatroika driver for Anatole Kuragin
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BalashevAdjutant-General in attendance upon the Tsar
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Barclay de Tolly
Senior commander of Russian forces in 1812 until replaced by Kutuzov.
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Barthélemy
The second envoy unsuccessfully sent by Napoléon to negotiate peace with Emperor Alexander.
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Joseph Alexéevich Bazdéev
Pierre's benefactor, who introduced him to freemasonry.
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Makar Alexeyevich Bazdeyevbrother of Joseph Alexéevich Bazdéev
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de BeaussetPrefect of Napoleon's palace
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Belliard General in the French army at Borodino
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Count Bennigsen
German leader of Russian at Eylau (a draw) and Friedland (a decisive defeat). A senior commander in 1812.
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Lieutenant Alphonse Karlovich BergGerman husband of Vera Rostova
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BerthierNapoleon's commander of staff
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Bitsky
"a man who served on various committees and frequented all the different cliques of Petersburg".
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Maria Bogdanovnamidwife attending Princess Lisa Bolkonskaya
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BolkhovitinovMessenger from Dolohov to Kutuzov, Oct. 1812
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Napoléon Bonaparte The Great Man, ruined by great blunders.
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Vincent BosseFrench drummer-boy, captured by Denisov
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Mademoiselle Bourienne
orphaned French companion to Princess Marya Bolkonskaya and her father.
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Broussier French divisional commander
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Captain Brozinofficer of the Russian army at Tarutino
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Agrafena Ivanovna Byelova a country neighbour of the Rostovs
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General Campan
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Caulaincourt French ambassador to Russia
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General Chatrov an old comrade in arms of Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky
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Pavel Vasilievich Chichagov or Tchichagov
was a Russian military and naval commander of the Napoleonic wars.
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Prince Adam Czartoryski Minister of Foreign Affairs.
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Clausewitz
As one of two German staff officers, in the Russian service, that ride past Prince Andrei the night of the eve of battle of Borodino (The other is Wolzogen).
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Danilo Huntsman for Nikolai Rostov
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General Davout
French marshall, competent but also capable of cruelty
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Vasily "Vas'ka" Denisov
Russian military officer, friend to Nikolai Rostov. He tends to pronounce some of his R's like Gh’s, almost like a Russian accent with English. Eventually a general of partisan troops during the French retreat from Moscow. Proposed unsuccessfully to Natasha Rostova.
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Monsieur DessallesA Swiss teacher for young prince Nikolay Bolkonsky.
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Lelorme d'Ideville an interpreter
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Dimmler musician in the Rostov household
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Dmitri Onufrich Family solicitor of Count Bezukhov.
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Dmitri Vasileyevich"Miten'ka." Account manager of the Rostovs.
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Prince Dolgorukov Russian general
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Maria Ivanovna Dolokhova mother of Fedor Dolokhov
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Dron Zakhárych (Drónushka) Village elder of Bogutcharovo
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DunyashaServant of Countess Rostova
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Eykhen officer of the General Staff at Tarutino
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Colonel Fabvier of the French army in Spain
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Feoktist "famous head chef" of the English Club
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Maria Feodorovna (also Marya Fyodorovna)
Dowager empress of Russia
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Archduke Ferdinand of Austria
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Filippfootman to Prince Nikolai Bolkonsky
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Emperor Francis I of Austria
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Baron Funke
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Prince Boris Vladimirovich Galitzine
A nobleman who has hired a tutor to instruct him in Russian, as French, the language preferred by the upper classes, became identified with the enemy.
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Gavrilo Maria Dmitrievna's "gigantic footman"
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GerasimServant to Bazdeyef
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Gervais Associate of Speranski
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Glinka editor of the Russian Messenger
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Major-General Grekov
Commanded two regiments of cossacks under Orlov-Denisov at Taratino. Initially routed French under Marat.
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Maria Hendrihovna wife of the Russian army's regimental doctor
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Hvostikov friend of Anatole Kuragin
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Ilyin Friend of Nikolai Rostov, junior officer in the Army
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Iogeldancing master and organiser of balls in Moscow
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Mikhail Ivanovich
Taciturn architect employed by Prince Nikolay Bolkonsky
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Julner colonel in Napoleon's army
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Marya Lvovna Karagina mother of Julie Karagina.
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Platon Karataev
peasant who influences Pierre Bezukhov during his time as a prisoner of war.
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