"Just as it is hard to explain why and where ants hurry to from a demolished anthill, some away from the anthill carrying specks of dust, eggs, and dead bodies, and others back to the anthill -- why they run into each other, chase each other, fight -- so it would be hard to explain the reasons that made the Russian people, after the departure of the French, crowd into the place which was formerly called Moscow."
I built up some height using tissue pattern and sprinkled it with ink which kind of looks like ants. I also used some fabulous images from a 1960's fashion magazine for no reason other than someone brought it into the studio and I liked it! -- Lola
from page 621-622, volume 2 of original text
Pevear/Volokhonsky translation page 1108-1109