Tolstoy is born to the wealthy Nikolai Ilyich Tolstoyand and Mariya Tolstaya. Tolstoy’s mother dies when he is two, and it leads to a struggling childhood. Tolstoy’s father dies when he is nine and he moves in with his aunt. He is good at games and has talent for sophisticated socialisation.
We were brought up as regular gentlefolk back then, proud of our social position and holding aloof from all the outer world.