The sinking sound of melting
snow is heard in all dells, and the ice dissolves apace in the ponds.
On the fifteenth, when young Rostov, in his dressing gown, looked out of the window, he saw it was an unsurpassable morning for hunting: it was as if the sky were melting
and sinking to the earth without any wind.
From these alone proceed the noble, disinterested friendship, the melting
love, the generous sentiment, the ardent gratitude, the soft compassion, the candid opinion; and all those strong energies of a good mind, which fill the moistened eyes with tears, the glowing cheeks with blood, and swell the heart with tides of grief, joy, and benevolence.
From you, my dearest dead ones, cometh unto me a sweet savour, heart- opening and melting
. Verily, it convulseth and openeth the heart of the lone seafarer.