This has always been one of my favorite sections of War and Peace. Natasha emerges as young adult who the reader begins to care about. Tolstoy’s rich descriptions of country life, the hunt, the dogs, how the gentry and the peasants interact, and Natasha’s ease in this environment help define her character in ways that will stick with the reader through the rest of the novel."
from page 637-638 of original text
page 506-507 Pevear/Volokhonsky translation