This is another chapter that really has to be experienced for itself. It’s another variation on Tolstoy’s “eve of battle” chapters we’ve seen throughout the book. Different characters in the book approach upcoming conflict in different ways.
Kutuzov stands back and lets fate take its own course. Andrei (though he changed a few times) tends to get introverted and miserable.
And here’s Petya, thinking the world is a fairyland. And for a couple of pages it is.
The question is, what happens when the sun comes up? We’ll see tomorrow.