"Nikolai was a plain farmer"
Tolstoy Ploughing by Ilya Repin
Public DomainTolstoy Ploughing by Ilya Repin

 Nikolai at the end of War and Peace is an idealised version of Tolstoy himself. On his estate at Yasnaya Polyana, Tolstoy liked to engage in ordinary farming work alongside his peasants, as shown here in this painting by Ilya Repin.