from page 703-704 of original text
page 560-561 Pevear/Volokhonsky translation
At the opera, Anatole begins his seduction of Natasha in earnest.
I always like to be aware of what's happening on the page as I make the collage, but often the making takes over, and the actual text behind it retreats. Probably not a bad thing. The project would get boring if every collage was some kind of illustration. On the other hand, wouldn't it be fun if you could "read" W&P just by looking at the collages.