I can't say that I like this translation overly much compared to the one I'm reading, but its presently the free one.  At least it doesn't use the Associated Press style.  Helps when you don't have pages to preserve.  Its also strange to see character names different then you've been reading.

Edit: and the site I pulled this from is evil.  I've got 194 pages left and they pick events within this patch of pages to represent the story in summary.  Why do you summarize the book with the ending?  Bad man hit dog with street!

Excerpt from War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy as translated by Louise and Aylmer Maude


He dreamed that he was lying in the room he really was in, but that he was quite well and unwounded.  Many various, indifferent, and insignificant people appeared before him.  He talked to them and discussed something trivial.  They were preparing to go away somewhere.  Prince Andrew dimly realized that all this was trivial and that he had more important cares, but he continued to speak, surprising them by empty witticisms.  Gradually, unnoticed, all these persons began to disappear and a single question, that of the closed door, superseded all else.  He rose and went to the door to bolt and lock it.  Everything depended on whether he was, or was not, in time to lock it.  He went, and tried to hurry, but his legs refused to move and he knew he would not be in time to lock the door though he painfully strained all his powers.  He was seized by an agonizing fear.  And that fear was the fear of death.  It stood behind the door.  But just when he was clumsily creeping toward the door, that dreadful something on the other side was already pressing against it and forcing its way in.  Something not human––death––was breaking in through that door, and had to be kept out.  He seized the door, making a final effort to hold it back––to lock it was no longer possible––but his efforts were weak and clumsy and the door, pushed from behind by that terror, opened and closed again.

Once again it pushed from outside.  His last superhuman efforts were vain and both halves of the door noiselessly opened.  It entered, and it was death, and Prince Andrew died.

But at the instant he died, Prince Andrew remembered that he was asleep, and at the very instant he died, having made an effort, he awoke.

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