In 1807 Major Denisov got court-martialed for stealing food, threatening and insulting chief quartermaster, and thrashing two officials even dislocating the arm of one of them. All of this happens near the end of Book VI. Denisov's actual fate is not presented, but in my understanding it meant he was sent to Siberia if not worse and won't appear in the novel again. Yet much later, in 1812 and middle of Book IX he reappears as Lieutenant Colonel, a rank higher than that of Major. How did that happen? It feels like there's no continuity in what happened to him.


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