To the excitement of all, the gentlemen finally proposes. However . . . He worries the girl is too young, that she might regret the commitment later. He suggests they wait a year, while he travels abroad on a trip he had previously planned. Reluctantly she agrees to wait for him to return.
Time drags for the poor kid. At all the parties that spring she can only dream of attending on the arm of her fiancé. But at one function a dashing cavalry officer smiles and asks her to dance. Before the night is over she is in love or at least in lust. In no time she succumbs to the cavalryman’s charm.
Marriage is not in the cavalry’s plans and he leaves the sweet girl for the army and she is left devastated. When her intended returns, word reaches him about what has happened. He is bitterly disappointed and breaks the engagement. War breaks out and he too leaves for the army without telling his former fiancé goodbye.
The war goes badly and the girl’s family must flee. Feeling like she must do something useful our young heroine volunteers to assist with the wounded returning from battle.
Who should she see? Her former intended who is badly wounded. She begs him to forgive her, but he asks her as he dies to forgive him for leaving her. Despite her efforts he succumbs to his wounds.
Quite a story, isn’t it? Well it’s the main story of War & Peace, a book that looks overwhelming, but at its heart is a love story.
By the way the handsome aristocrat has a sister. And our heroine has a brother, who is a handsome cavalry officer . . .