Sometimes as I drive or bike around Boston, I notice the "evacuation route" signs and wonder why an evacuation would be called and that would be like. Probably the same chaos that is described in this scene. That is frightening to contemplate.
I used maps of Paris here. The black and red lines represent the frenzy of the inhabitants of Moscow, attempting to make their escape from their fallen city. -- Lola
from page 339-340, volume 2 of original text
Pevear/Volokhonksy translation page 876-878