Obviously, the main part of this chapter is Kutuzov’s increasing worry as his nightmare comes true – and he realises how close the Russians are to the French. Followed by his showdown with the Tsar.
But I thought I’d mention a throwaway line that has some significance: early in the chapter, Andrei is convinced that this day will be his bridge of Arcola. If you’re blessed with footnotes in your book, you’ll have looked up and found out that the bridge of Arcola was a daring stand of Napoleon’s in 1796, where the man bravely grabbed a flag and ran out onto a bridge to lead his troops to victory.
This idea – to grab a flag and lead troops to victory – just floats around in Andrei’s head and makes the next chapter all that more powerful . . .