You may have noticed that the chapters are getting shorter. This is not a bad thing, actually, because it makes the reading move along that much faster.
What a moving chapter this one is – I especially love the inner strength that Marya shows in the face of the bad news from her father. Tolstoy does kind of hint that it’s all based on an overblown faith, which he doesn’t take so seriously, but he does take her strength seriously.
Anyway, you may all have guessed (or already know) what happens in the next chapter, but we can enjoy this moment of poignance.