I really wanted to write a little about old Prince Bolkonsky’s liberalism in this chapter as it relates Marya but I decided against it only because I’m trying to keep these entries as short as possible.
In terms of Marya’s motivations here I do think they’re a stoic reaction, albeit a stoicism as filtered through her Christian faith. Justus Lipsius wrote about the relationship between stoicism and Christianity. I think he sort of gets it right. So while Marya may not be thinking directly of stoicism in this chapter, I do think she’s practicing, however filtered, stoic philosophy.