CHARACTERS IN WAR AND PEACE When I first attempted to read War and Peace I found keeping track of the characters was not easy, especially because many of the characters are referred to by more than one name. So to try to help you below is some info which I have adapted from the web. A. The three main characters (not obvious especially early on)
Natasha B. It may just be me, but there are two very different characters both of which have names beginning with D that I had trouble keeping straight: Vaska Denisov, Captain of Nikolay’s regiment (good guy with funny accent)
Dolohov (Dolokhov, Fyodor Ivanovich, Fedya), Penniless cardsharp, notorious as a bully.
C. Characters are referred to by more than one name. I have underlined below the most frequently used name for characters.
Scion of an ancient and honorable family, now an old man. **Prince Andrey Bolkonsky (Andre, Andrew, Andrushka)
His son and heir. Princess Marya Bolkonskaya (Mary, Masha, Mashenka, Marie)
Prince Andrey's sister, who lives at Bald Hills with their father.. Mademoiselle Bourienne
Marya’s companion, an orphaned Frenchwoman. Nikolushka, later Nikolinka
Prince Andrey’s son (born during the book)l. Princess Liza Bolkonskaya (Lisa; the little princess)
Andrey’s pregnant wife.
C. Rostov Family Count Ilya Rostov (Elie)
A gregarious, good-natured, and generous family man. Countess Natalya Rostova (Natalie)
His wife, a typical Russian noblewoman, whose main interests center within the family. **Natasha Rostova (Natasha is a diminuative for Natalya) Daughter and thirteen years old when we first meet her on St. Natalya's Day, which is the name-day of both her and her mother. Nikolay Rostov (Nikolai, Nicholas, Kolya, Nikolinka, Nikolushka, Nicolas, Coco)
Natasha's older brother. Vera Rostov (Verushka, Verochka)