Kutuzov, not considering this junction advisable, meant, among other arguments in support of his view, to show the Austrian general the wretched state in which the troops arrived from Russia.

from Leo Tolstoy – War and Peace (Chap. 2.1) on Rap Genius

Meaning

For political reasons, Kutuzov is mad that the regiment got all dressed up for him; he doesn’t seem to realize that being mad about this is just as obnoxious as demanding they get dressed up in the first place.

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