from page 423-424, volume 2 of original text
Pevear/Volokhonsky translation page 945-946
Nikolai Rostov, on leave from active duty for the first time in many months, goes to the estate of "an old bachelor, a cavalry officer, a horse fancier, a hunter, the owner of a carpet room, of century-old honey vodka, old Hungarian wine, and superb horses.
"After a couple of words, Nikolai bought seventeen stallions for six thousand, choice ones (as he said), to make a display of his remount. Having had dinner and drunk a bit too much Hungarian, Rostov exchanged kisses with the landowner, with whom he was already on familiar terms, and galloped back over the abominable road in the merriest spirits..."
It was fun to find, thumbing through old magazines, this image from Edweard Muybridge's famous photographic motion studies, done in the late 1800s. These, and the backgrounds of car ads showing the blur of motion, gave the feeling, to me, of Rostov galloping happily home. ~Trish