One of the next arrivals was a stout, heavily built young man with close-cropped hair, spectacles, the light-colored breeches fashionable at that time, a very high ruffle, and a brown dress coat.
This is Pierre, the autobiographical character of the book
Sounds like Tolstoy doesn’t mind a little bit of self-abnegation!
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