This part of the book is where most of the missing pieces would have gone. The overall gist of the story is, luckily, not changed much, the gaps make it hard to find your way back into the story.
Such it is of a book with not much plot.
I’m a little confused at the moment: is Chichikov about to lose his newly acquired and legitimate estate? Are they onto him? This would be interesting since he’s worked so hard.