In this scene, Princess Marya was told by her father that her brother, Prince Andrei, was killed in battle.
Her father was in is study, working at his lathe. "The wheel went on turning by inertia. Princess Marya long remembered the dying creak of the wheel, which merged for her with what followed after."
Tolstoy uses the image of the turning wheel throughout the book. As it turns out, Prince Andrei did not die. The wheel continues to spin. Buddhism has the same teaching -- the individual continues to reincarnate -- the wheel of karma keeps spinning -- until we each fulfill complete individual freedom -- Lola
from page 405-406 of original text
collage, acrylic paint