I am beside myself.
Nikolai goes to a country dance, is the beau of the ball, and meets a woman who re-introduces him to Marya.
Marya is in mourning, it's inappropriate for her to have anything to do with him, but even Bourienne is impressed by how much her beauty comes to life. T says it's all the inner work she's done manifest on the outside.
Nikolai, of course, wants to honor his promise to Sonya, but feels different with Marya. He's been able to imagine his life with all of these other women, anyone he flirts with, but not with Marya. He blushes when her name is mentioned.
He even plays with Andrei's son, which of course makes her swoon even more.
It's clear they're meant for each other.
What's going to happen?!