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Andrei has been making surprising progress, shocking his doctor by wanting to eat and drink a little bit and sitting up by himself.
Still, the pain is severe, and he drifts in and out of consciousness all the time, hallucinating.
In his hallucinations, he can only focus on one thing at a time. He tries to get back to the feeling of universal love that he experienced when he saw Anatole lying wounded near him, but he keeps being distracted by a feeling like needles flying into his face or flies landing on him and burning him.
Suddenly he sees some kind of white thing floating in the room and assumes that this is also a hallucination.
He thinks about Natasha, picturing how much he loved her and deeply feeling the love.
But then, suddenly, the flies are back again.
Then, again, he sees Natasha's face and slowly realizes that this is the real Natasha, actually kneeling next to him in the room, not a hallucination.
He tells her he loves her.
She asks his forgiveness.
Shmoop wipes a tear from our eye.
From that day on, she stays by his side day in and day out, taking care of him.
No one talks about the idea of them getting re-engaged, because everyone assumes that Andrei will die really soon.