It took her mind back to childhood memories of barefoot strolls down dusty lanes.
It was dusty and so hot that on passing near water one longed to bathe.
Even at ten o'clock, when the Rostovs got out of their carriage at the chapel, the sultry air, the shouts of hawkers, the light and gay summer clothes of the crowd, the dusty leaves of the trees on the boulevard, the sounds of the band and the white trousers of a battalion marching to parade, the rattling of wheels on the cobblestones, and the brilliant, hot sunshine were all full of that summer languor, that content and discontent with the present, which is most strongly felt on a bright, hot day in town.
As they watched, the figures in the dusty heat waves finally became recognizable as cavalry - even to the naked eye.
They took their time, squatting on the dusty ground, letting minutes pass between bits of conversation.