Really, the twist in this chapter is the kind that can only happen in a novel (and I’m not going to spoil it for you if you haven’t read it) – but it fits so well.
It immediately hearkens back to the back story of Andrei and Natasha, but also makes us realise that life is so much bigger than even the things that seem really traumatic at the time.
Andrei’s jilting pales against the new reality that he finds himself in, and this unexpected display of compassion and humanity is great to see in him. But, sadly, as he himself realises it – this compassion has probably come too late . . .