"After the past two days, spent solitarily and unusually, Pierre was in a state close to madness. His whole being was possessed by one importunate thought. He did not know how or when himself, but this thought had now taken such possession of him that he remembered nothing of the past, understood nothing of the the present; and everything he saw and heard went on before him as in a dream.
Pierre had left his house only so as to be rid of the complicated tangle of life's demands which had taken hold of him, and which he, in the state he was in then, had been unable to disentangle. He had gone to Iosif Alexeevich's house under the pretext of sorting the books and papers of the deceased, only because he was seeking rest from life's anxieties . . . "
p. 898 in Pevear/Volokhonsky
from page 365-366 of original text, volume 2
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Pevear/Volokhonsky translation page 898-900