This page of our original text spans 2 different chapters. At the end of chapter VII (volume III, Part Three), Helene is trying to convince her parents that the church would allow for her divorce from Pierre so that she could marry the suitor of her choice. She has 2 candidates lined up and is trying to decide which is the best offer. (Don't you see the themes of Anna Karenina starting here?) Chapter VIII finds us at the end of the day of the battle of Borodino with Pierre.
"There was the same suffering, tormented, and sometimes strangely indifferent faces, the same blood, the same soldiers' greatcoats, the same sounds of gunfire, distant now, but arousing terror all the same; besides, it was stifling and dusty." Feel it, smell it. -- Lola
from page 295-296, volume 2 of original text
Pevear/Volokhonsky translation page 839-841