Moscow is in flames. Chaos rules the street. Tolstoy uses Pierre to convey the urgency and disorde. rPierre is in the midst of it. He saves a child from the fire, confronts a looter and is taken by the authorities. All in a few brief paragraphs in a few short pages.
Lucy Arrington from page 405-406, volume 2 of original text collage, embroidery thread, ink made 7/29/11 Pevear/Volokhonsky translation page 930-931