With the enemy's approach to Moscow, the Muscovites' view of their situation not only did not become more serious, but on the contrary, became still more light-minded, as always happens with people who see great danger approaching...It was long since there had been so much merrymaking in Moscow as there was that year.
-pp. 745-6 in P/V
from page 179-180, Volume 2 of original text
pp 744-746 in Pevear/Volokhonsky translation