He learned from domestic serfs loyal to him that the peasant Karp, who possessed great influence in the village commune and had recently been away driving a government transport, had returned with news that the Cossacks were destroying deserted villages, but that the French did not harm them.
Dron was of this opinion, but as soon as he expressed it Karp and others attacked their ex-Elder.
Karp shouted at him.
As soon as Rostov, followed by Ilyin, Lavrushka, and Alpatych, came up to the crowd, Karp, thrusting his fingers into his belt and smiling a little, walked to the front.
"We don't riot, we're following the orders," declared Karp, and at that moment several voices began speaking together.
Traitors! cried Rostov unmeaningly in a voice not his own, gripping Karp by the collar.
Lavrushka, however, ran up to Karp and seized him by the arms from behind.
The victory gained did not bring the usual results because the peasants Karp and Vlas (who after the French had evacuated Moscow drove in their carts to pillage the town, and in general personally failed to manifest any heroic feelings), and the whole innumerable multitude of such peasants, did not bring their hay to Moscow for the high price offered them, but burned it instead.