We are in a very important scene. Princess Marya has decided to [finally] quit Bald Hills after her father just died and they are practically surrounded by French troops. She is rescued by Nikolai Rostov. It is their chance meeting outside of high society. She is in a desperate situation and he is gallant.
"When she mentioned all that had happened the day after her father's funeral, her voice trembled. She turned away and then, as if fearing that Rostov might take her words for a wish to move him to pity her, gave him a questioningly frightened glance. Tears welled up in Rostov's eyes. Princess Marya noticed it and looked at Rostov gratefully, with that luminous gaze which made one forget the plainness of her face." Love is in the air! How romantic! -- Lola
from page 165-166, Volume 2 of original text
collage, ink, acrylic paint
Pevear/Volokhonsky translation page 733-734