from page 447-448 of original text
page 355-356 Pevear/Volokhonsky translation
Here is Pierre struggling for words both in Russian and in French:
"I...hope...for guidance...help...in my renewal," Pierre said in a trembling voice and speaking with difficulty, owing to his excitement and to being unused to speaking about abstract subjects in Russian.
"What is your notion of Freemasonry?"
"I presume that Freemasonry is the fraternité and equality of men with virtuous goals," said Pierre, embarrassed, even as he was speaking, by the unsuitability of his words to the solemnity of the moment. "I presume..."
I am sympathetic to his struggle.