Well, things are getting momentous now. Nikolai has decided that he really does love Sonya and wants to be with her forever.
Or does he? (I actually can’t remember from last time, so this isn’t just a rhetorical question.)
Either way, there’s destined to be some sort of friction with his mum. We’ll all find out very shortly, I think.
This is the kind of stuff that opera is made of, really. People professing undying love to one another, with the audience sitting there thinking, “This is all going to end in tears . . .”
As if to set that up, Sonya tries her hand at a bit of fake fortune-telling and freaks out Natasha. Thus taking this day, which started so gloomily and became so uplifting, full circle back to gloomy again as Natasha goes to sleep . . .