Beth writes: In this part of the book Prince Andrei finishes reading a letter from Bilibin about the battlefront. He is at home and angry with himself for being excited by reading about the war. Then he listens to noises in the nursery and becomes irrationally afraid that his baby has died. I decided to put glasses in the collage because of the reading! and putting in parts of a map because of the war reference. And did I put in baby stuff too? Hmm, if so, both my collages had baby things in them. Maybe I was just missing my kids while in New Egland. Nah....
Beth Jorgansen Sherman
from page 376-377 of original text
page 376-377 Pevear/Volokhonsky translation