"and nodding his head he let it droop and again closed his eye."

Tolstoy writes here that Kutuzov's drowsiness at the meeting is an indication of his common sense: that a good night's sleep is the best preparation for battle. Kutuzov, by his refusal to engage, seems to imply that the detailed plans put forward by Weyrother are unrealistic and will be unworkable on the chaotic battlefield. However, other historians have suggested that Kutuzov was deliberately feigning sleep so as to avoid blame for the mismanagement of the battle to come, which he felt could not be won by the Allies.