Episode three of War and Peace opens with a duel between Pierre and Dolokhov, after the latter taunted the former for tupping his wife. Somehow, only he knows how, Pierre managed to win the duel, wounding Dolokhov, not bad for someone who had to be reminded how to use a pistol and Dolokhov a crack shot.

Pierre then withdraws from public life and Helene isn’t very happy with him either and is very bitchy towards him stating that Dolokhov was not her lover even if we know damn well that she was. She continues to be a bitch through the episode taking a new lover in the shape of Boris Drubetskoy, who soon learns what she is really like if she is tupping you, as it is always on her terms and never the other persons.

For some reason Pierre takes her back later on in the episode, which isn’t clearly established as it certainly doesn’t make him happy at all. Having said that having a beautiful wife isn’t always plain sailing when, said woman doesn’t want to have anything to do with you, and will tup anything that moves, as long as it isn’t you.

Pierre also becomes a member of the Freemasons in this episode, something which takes up more of the book than is strictly necessary, and is given rather short shrift in this adaptation, as it should be in my opinion as that was one of the most tedious parts of the novel.

Andrei cheers up in this episode particularly when he meets Natasha, but who wouldn’t be cheered by her with her constant smile and her happy and cheerful demanour. She is also very taken by Andrei and appears to have pretty much forgotten Boris who she promised herself to in the first episode, but, having said that, Boris isn’t exactly pining for her either so fairs fair.

You have to feel a bit for Sonya in this episode as Nikolai basically tells her that loving him is a waste of her time as, even though he does love her, he is probably going to fall in love with someone else before long.

At least he his honest about it and isn’t going to lull her into a marriage and then going to cheat on her with countless other women, like a lot of his contempories and peers would do.

Dolokhov must respect Nikolai a bit more than he does Pierre because he doesnt just have an affair with his women like does with Pierre’s and actually asks her to marry him before tupping her over the dining table.

Having said that Sonya isn’t Nikolai’s wife but the principle is the same and, as she isn’t quite as alluring as Helene is, he wanted to marry her rather than tup her.

It certainly isn’t easy being either a man or a woman in this time as each of them have thier own problems with what society thinks that they should do and how they should be have, but it appears to be the men who have all the fun, unless you are Helene Kuragin, who does what the hell she likes, no matter the consequences of her actions.