"They're all in an uproar"

The reasons for the Bogucharovo peasants' decision to rebel against their orders to flee from Napoleon are left deliberately vague by Tolstoy. In reality, a significant number of Russian peasants rebelled as Napoleon approached as they believed that he would free them from serfdom. Tolstoy left out this motivation in his final draft of War and Peace as he did not want Napoleon to be associated with freedom in his readers' minds.