The attack is all set for October 5. On the 4th everyone is getting ready.
One messenger is sent to find General Ermolov to give him the orders. The messenger can’t find him anywhere. When he finally does, Ermolov is mad. Turns out, he disappeared on purpose in order to somehow make some other top commander look bad. It’s hard to know exactly how, but the basic point is that these guys who are supposed to be leaders are just having petty slap flights among themselves.