Princess Mary gives this to Andrew to preserve him when he goes off to fight the French at Austerlitz.
This is a device that is used by the old Prince Bolkonski in his daily habits. It is used to carve a straight stick of wood into an ornate piece, perhaps as a chair leg, toy, or ornamentation.
This is an object that toward the end of the book is broken. The owner decides to leave it to remind him of what made him break it.
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