Glancing in at the door, Rostov saw that the sick and wounded were lying on the floor on straw and overcoats.
"May I go in and look?" "What is there to see?" said the assistant.
But, just because the assistant evidently did not want him to go in, Rostov entered the soldiers' ward.
The foul air, to which he had already begun to get used in the corridor, was still stronger here.
It was a little different, more pungent, and one felt that this was where it originated.

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