Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

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Levin, the other main protagonist of the novel (besides Anna), is a landowner who is primarily concerned with farming, agricultural, and rural life. He is socially awkward: he feels much more at home working on his farm or being outdoors than in the complex political affairs and dramas of city life. Unlike his brothers, Levin is not a natural intellectual and debater; rather than arguing indoors, he feels more instinctively at home working outside. Levin is frequently anxious and constantly arguing, since he wants to think everything through. He doesn’t want to westernize Russian society, as many aristocrats do, simply for the sake of elegance; however, he also doesn’t want to cling blindly to old ways in regards to farming, but instead promotes efficiency and agricultural reforms. Levin falls in love with Kitty, and though his proposal fails the first time, causing him great embarrassment and self-loathing, eventually they consummate their relationship in what ultimately turns out to be the happiest marriage of the three main marriages in the novel. Levin spends a great deal of time writing and thinking about large questions of agriculture and humanity, but he ultimately concludes that everyone must concern themselves with taking care of their own individual affairs rather than becoming sucked into huge existential crises. Levin is also deeply atheistic throughout almost the entire novel, but at the end, he undergoes a religious epiphany after an encounter with a peasant. Levin’s transformation from an atheist to a believer mirrors Tolstoy’s own transformation. Levin is perhaps the closest character to Tolstoy himself in the novel, who believed fervently in working on the land and connecting to one’s own individual labor rather than striving to achieve recognition in hypocritical city society.

Konstantin (Kostya) Dmitrich Levin Quotes in Anna Karenina

The Anna Karenina quotes below are all either spoken by Konstantin (Kostya) Dmitrich Levin or refer to Konstantin (Kostya) Dmitrich Levin . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Viking edition of Anna Karenina published in 2000.
Part 2, Chapter 12 Quotes

The old grass and the sprouting needles of new grass greened, the buds on the guelder-rose, the currants and the sticky, spirituous birches swelled, and on the willow, all sprinkled with golden catkins, the flitting, newly hatched bee buzzed.

Related Characters: Konstantin (Kostya) Dmitrich Levin (speaker)
Related Symbols: Natural World
Page Number: 153
Explanation and Analysis:

Anna Karenina is famous for the grand, sweeping scope of its narrative, as the novel manages to intertwine several family dramas into its shifting political and religious landscape. Tolstoy is also notorious for his vivid characters. Yet in the midst of the enormous, ambitiously wide-ranging field of vision that the novel encompasses, Tolstoy retains the control to concentrate on tiny, vivid details of life. Even though Levin is sad about his failed affair with Kitty, the world continues to revolve, and spring comes again. Tolstoy’s attention to the buds on the trees also foreshadows that Levin’s relationship with Kitty might yet revive, just as the natural world can renew itself year after year. While there is life in nature, there is hope for Levin.

These sticky little buds on the trees provide a contrast again Anna and Vronsky’s affair. For the earth, spring is a time of natural, joyful rejuvenation. But Anna and Vronsky are too focused on themselves and their desires to pay attention to the rhythms of the world around them.

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Part 3, Chapter 4 Quotes

He thought of nothing, desired nothing, except not to lag behind and to do the best job be could. He heard only the clang of scythes and ahead of him saw Titus’s erect figure moving on, the curved semicircle of this mowed space, grass and flower-heads bending down slowly and wavily about the blade of his scythe, and ahead of him the end of the swath, where rest would come.

Related Characters: Konstantin (Kostya) Dmitrich Levin
Related Symbols: Natural World
Page Number: 250
Explanation and Analysis:

When Levin speaks with his brother about societal affairs and intellectual concerns, he feels anxious and worried. When he reconnects with nature, however, he feels restored. Levin’s initial physical awkwardness yields when he can forget the cares of the world and succumb to the rhythms of the farm, as in this famous mowing scene. The dissipation of Levin’s awkwardness as he immerses himself in manual labor foreshadows his conclusion at the end of the novel that to be happy, people have to let go of their worldly cares and surrender themselves to faith.

Levin and Titus share unspoken communication, bonding through their physical actions and needs rather than expressing themselves through words that may be misinterpreted or imperfectly suited to their needs. Although the two are of very different social statuses, when they can connect without using language, they become equal. Though Titus is a peasant on Levin’s land, in the field Titus becomes the master because he has far more experience with nature.

Part 4, Chapter 13 Quotes

“Here,” he said, and wrote the initial letters: w, y, a, m: t, c, b, d, i, m, n, o, t? These letters meant: “When you answered me: ‘that cannot be,’ did it mean never or then?” ... She wrote, t, I, c, g, n, o, a ... And he wrote three letters. But she was reading after his hand, and before he finished writing, she finished it herself and wrote the answer: “Yes.”

Related Characters: Konstantin (Kostya) Dmitrich Levin (speaker), Princess Katerina (Kitty) Alexandrovna Shcherbatsky (speaker)
Related Symbols: Written Language, Foreign Language, and Communication
Page Number: 397-398
Explanation and Analysis:

Oblonsky’s dinner party is ostensibly an event that brings people together for a single, united purpose. However, Tolstoy uses the occasion to explore all the various subplots and conversations swirling under the surface of the event. At the same dinner party in which Karenin explodes to Dolly in a rage against Anna, revealing the passions that had been building unspoken inside of him, Levin and Kitty are developing their own relationship, revealing to both themselves and each other the bond that has grown between them. Throughout Anna Karenina, language is a weak tool for communication, and the deepest bonds are revealed when people can connect without words.

Levin’s proposal to Kitty is almost a parody of the extent to which words are superfluous when two people are deeply in love. Levin presents Kitty with an abbreviated code of initial letters, rather than full words, to express his hope that she can forgive him. The fact that they communicate in written code, rather than spoken word, also deepens the power of their unspoken communication. Not only do Levin and Kitty have a coded interaction happening on the page in front of them, they are physically very close to each other, so they are having an unspoken physical conversation that reinforces the unspoken written conversation.

Levin’s proposal and Kitty’s acceptance also have an air of superstition. The emotions are so fraught and fragile that bringing them out into the open air might make the whole situation doomed. Instead, Levin writes them in code, so that they can be unheard and therefore more profoundly understood for their true nature. Tolstoy translates the code between Levin and Kitty for the reader. The reader must experience their love through the secondhand, imperfect medium of words, and the reader can watch but not enter the bond between Levin and Kitty.

Part 4, Chapter 15 Quotes

All that night and morning Levin had lived completely unconsciously and had felt himself completely removed from the conditions of material life. He had not eaten for a whole day, had not slept for two nights, had spent several hours undressed in the freezing cold, yet felt not only fresh and healthy as never before but completely independent of his body.

Related Characters: Konstantin (Kostya) Dmitrich Levin
Related Symbols: Natural World
Page Number: 402
Explanation and Analysis:

When Levin proposes to Kitty and she accepts him, the world seems to align itself to Levin’s benefit. Here, the natural world is not a mirror of Levin’s mood, but instead, he sees his own happiness reflected in the world around him. Even the most mundane sights, like pigeons flying in the sun and cabbies waiting to drive people home, appear to be imbued with significance and joy.

Yet Levin’s emotions, wonderful as they may be, are not sustainable. Levin is so filled with joy that he doesn’t notice the cold weather, or that he might be hungry or tired; instead, he ignores his responses to the natural world in favor of celebrating his pure joy upon a triumphant proposal to Kitty. On the one hand, transcending the needs of the body is exhilarating, and Levin indulges in his excitement. However, at some point Levin will have to live in the real world, and he must learn how to balance his emotional and his bodily sensations.

Part 5, Chapter 6 Quotes

Often and much as they had both heard about the belief that whoever is first to step on the rug will be the head in the family, neither Levin nor Kitty could recall it as they made those few steps. Nor did they hear the loud remarks and disputes that, in the observation of some, he had been the first, or, in the opinions of others, they had steps on it together.

Related Characters: Konstantin (Kostya) Dmitrich Levin , Princess Katerina (Kitty) Alexandrovna Shcherbatsky
Page Number: 457
Explanation and Analysis:

Even though Levin and Kitty did not immediately seem as though they were destined for matrimonial bliss, their relationship takes a happy trajectory over the course of the novel. If Dolly and Oblonsky’s marriage is unhappy yet remains content, and Anna and Karenin’s unhappy marriage falls apart, Kitty and Levin work through failed courtships and the unhappiness of separation to achieve, ultimately, a happy marriage.

Kitty and Levin’s marriage ceremony demonstrates the equality that they will have throughout their relationship. The first one who steps on the pink silk at the altar is supposedly the symbolic head of the household, yet neither one of them, nor anyone at the ceremony, can tell who stepped first. Like Adam and Even leaving Eden hand in hand at the end of Paradise Lost, Levin and Kitty enter into their marriage with the same (symbolic, but not necessarily social) power. No one has stepped on the rug first, so they both have equal footing in their partnership. The fact that different spectators have different opinions about what occurred during the marriage ceremony also foreshadows some of the squabbles that they will have in their relationship. Equality, however, does not always mean perpetual harmony. Levin will still get jealous and possessive of Kitty, and Kitty might grow restless at times in the country. Yet ultimately, Levin and Kitty have a solid, loving partnership.

Part 5, Chapter 20 Quotes

The sight of his brother and the proximity of death renewed in Levin’s soul that feeling of horror at the inscrutability and, with that, the nearness and inevitability of death, which had seized him on that autumn evening when his brother had come for a visit. The feeling was now stronger than before; he felt even less capable than before of understanding the meaning of death, and its inevitability appeared still more horrible to him; but now, thanks to his wife’s nearness, the feeling did not drive him to despair: in spite of death, he felt the necessity to live and to love. He felt that love saved him from despair and that under the threat of despair this love was becoming still stronger and purer.

Related Characters: Konstantin (Kostya) Dmitrich Levin , Princess Katerina (Kitty) Alexandrovna Shcherbatsky, Nikolai Dmitrich Levin
Related Symbols: Natural World
Page Number: 504
Explanation and Analysis:

Nikolai’s death in the novel is the culmination, on the one hand, of tragedy and grief. However, his passing is ultimately part of the natural cycle of life, and it paves the way for rejuvenation and happiness. Tolstoy pairs Nikolai’s death with Kitty’s discovery of her pregnancy to celebrate the cycle of life. Levin can tolerate his brother’s passing because he has found his larger place within the natural world. When he had only his brother to cling to as a family figure, Levin tied his own self-worth with his brother’s illness. However, because he now has Kitty’s love, and because he loves Kitty, Levin does not fall into an abyss of despair over his brother’s passing. Instead, Levin grieves for Nikolai in a mature, balanced fashion, discovering that his grief can be balanced in an equal and opposite way by his emotions towards Kitty. Nikolai’s death crystallizes Levin’s deep bond with Kitty. Kitty helped care for Nikolai on his deathbed, easing one person out of the world as a new life, unbeknownst to her, began to quicken in her womb.

Part 6, Chapter 10 Quotes

But it was an unlucky day; he missed, and when he went to look for the one he had shot, he could not find it either. He searched everywhere in the sedge, but Laska did not believe he had shot it, and when he sent her to search, she did not really search but only pretended.

Related Characters: Konstantin (Kostya) Dmitrich Levin , Laska
Related Symbols: Natural World
Page Number: 584
Explanation and Analysis:

Tolstoy often gives descriptions in Anna Karenina filtered through particular characters’ perspectives. Here, Tolstoy presents the hunt from the point of view of Levin’s dog, Laska. Levin feels as though his power has been stripped away from him because Oblonsky has managed to saddle him with Veslovsky, a society dandy who flirts with Kitty. Even when Levin has managed to give Veslovsky the slip, he still feels frustrated and helpless, since he is jealous that Veslovsky will steal Kitty away.

Although Levin tries to hide his frustration and discontent from himself, he cannot hide his feelings from his dog. Throughout the novel, Tolstoy uses connections with the natural world to suggest characters’ genuine emotions. When Levin can be away from societal pressures on his farm, he is calm and composed enough to hunt successfully. However, Oblonsky brings the rules of society to Levin’s farm, which disarms Levin and throws him out of balance and off his game.

Part 7, Chapter 14 Quotes

He knew and felt only that what was being accomplished was similar to what had been accomplished a year ago in a hotel in a provincial capital, on the deathbed of his brother Nikolai. But that had been grief and this was joy. But that grief and this joy were equally outside all ordinary circumstances of life, were like holes in this ordinary life, through which something higher showed. And just as painful, as tormenting in its coming, was what was now accomplished; and just as inconceivably, in contemplating this higher thing, the soul rose to such heights as it had never known before, where reason was no longer able to overtake it.

Related Characters: Konstantin (Kostya) Dmitrich Levin (speaker), Princess Katerina (Kitty) Alexandrovna Shcherbatsky, Nikolai Dmitrich Levin
Related Symbols: Natural World, Dreams and Spiritualism
Page Number: 713
Explanation and Analysis:

Levin sees both the death of Nikolai and the birth of his child as events that stand outside the scope of his normal life. At this point in the novel, Levin has proceeded throughout most of his daily activities without giving much thought to a higher power. However, in moments of extreme emotion, Levin embodies the cliché that "there are no atheists in foxholes." When he finds himself in the presence of birth or death, and feels powerless to make any change happen by his own physical means, Levin finds himself repeating a prayer over and over. He feels so deeply connected to Kitty that their bond transcends reason and logic and makes him aware of a force beyond the realm of ordinary existence.

Levin’s transformation from a staunch atheist into an avowed believer mirrors Tolstoy’s spiritual journey. When Tolstoy was a young man, he was a firm atheist, but by the end of his life, he had converted and become an extremely spiritual person. Levin’s deep connection with the natural world through his farm is paralleled by his growing connection to the supernatural world through faith.

Part 8, Chapter 19 Quotes

“I’ll get angry in the same way with the coachman Ivan, argue in the same way, speak my mind inappropriately, there will be the same wall between my soul’s holy of holies and other people, even my wife, I’ll accuse her in the same way of my own fear and then regret it, I’ll fail in the same way to understand with my reason why I pray, and yet I will pray – but my life now, my whole life, regardless of all that may happen to me, every minute of it, is not only meaningless, as it was before, but has the unquestionable meaning of the good which is in my power to put into it!”

Related Characters: Konstantin (Kostya) Dmitrich Levin (speaker), Princess Katerina (Kitty) Alexandrovna Shcherbatsky
Page Number: 817
Explanation and Analysis:

Levin’s statement at the end of the novel is an opposite but mirrored image of the conclusion that Anna draws about the world. Like Anna, who projects her self-centered despair onto everything else around her, Levin finds evidence to support his frame of mind in the world around him. But unlike Anna, who perceives everything around her as evidence that she will never be able to get outside of herself, Levin sees the world as evidence of the power and potential of the essential good inside him. Anna sees herself as ultimately destructive, but Levin sees himself as ultimately productive and redemptive.

Anna’s story and Levin’s story are intertwined throughout the novel as point and counterpoint. Anna’s trajectory is tragic, as the fatal flaw of her jealousy consumes her entire world and leads her to despair. Levin’s trajectory, in contrast, is comic (in the dramatic sense, not in the sense of "amusing"), as his story concludes with a happy marriage and a harmonic resolution. Levin, not Anna, has the book's closing lines, suggesting that Levin’s perspective is the one that the reader is suggested to leave the novel with. Tolstoy opens the novel with his own philosophy, but he lets Levin have the final word, suggesting that the character has—at least in some ways––caught up to the narrator.

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Konstantin (Kostya) Dmitrich Levin Character Timeline in Anna Karenina

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Part 1, Chapter 5
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Levin comes to Oblonsky’s office, interrupting a council meeting. Levin and Oblonsky are friends from childhood,... (full context)
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Oblonsky introduces Levin to his partners, saying that Levin works for the zemstvo, or village advisory board, but... (full context)
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Blushing furiously, Levin asks Oblonsky how the Shcherbatskys––Oblonsky’s in-laws––are doing. Oblonsky knows that Levin is in love with... (full context)
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Oblonsky forms a plan: he tells Levin to go to the Zoological Gardens, where Kitty goes skating, and that he will pick... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 6
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The Levins and the Shcherbatskys are two Moscow families that have always been friendly. While he was... (full context)
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Levin is convinced that he cannot possibly be worthy of Kitty, since he does not have... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 7
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While in Moscow, Levin stays with his half-brother, Koznyshev, a philosophical writer whose dense conversation sometimes confuses Levin. When... (full context)
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Koznyshev and Levin chat. Koznyshev thinks that zemstvos are very important theoretically, but Levin has been disenchanted by... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 9
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Levin goes to the Zoological Gardens, where, as expected, he finds Kitty skating. Kitty skates unsteadily... (full context)
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Levin sees a young skater doing a new jump, and he tries it himself, pulling it... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 10
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...to see Oblonsky. Oblonsky orders an elaborate meal, speaking in Russian rather than French. Though Levin eats the meal, he would have been more comfortable with plain bread and cheese. Levin... (full context)
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Oblonsky tells Levin that a rival suitor is courting Kitty: Count Vronsky, a rich, handsome charming military officer.... (full context)
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Oblonsky broaches a hypothetical discussion of infidelity to Levin that mirrors his own actual situation. Suppose a man with an aging wife had an... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 12
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...all the men are in love with her, Kitty’s two serious suitors are Vronsky and Levin. Kitty’s mother, Princess Shcherbatsky, strongly favors Vronsky; however, it is no longer the custom in... (full context)
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...proposal might be on the way. The Princess is worried, however, that Kitty might accept Levin if Levin proposes. (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 13
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...likely receive a marriage proposal, Kitty is compared to a young man preparing for battle. Levin sits down with Kitty and proposes to her. Love floods through her for a moment,... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 14
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Princess Shcherbatsky enters the room, senses that Kitty has refused Levin’s proposal, and, relieved, begins to ask Levin about life in the country. Countess Nordston also... (full context)
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...They then move into a discussion of spiritualism, in which the Countess Nordston wholeheartedly believes. Levin talks about electricity a little bit too passionately for the others' taste. Levin is constantly... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 15
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After the party, Kitty is distressed about the situation with Levin, but concludes that she acted as she had to because she is still waiting for... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 17
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Vronsky tells Oblonsky that he met Levin and found him somewhat angry and edgy. Oblonsky suggests that his moodiness might be because... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 24
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After his stint in Moscow society, Levin feels worthless and ill at ease. He goes to visit Nikolai, his troubled brother, and... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 25
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As Nikolai tells Levin about his work and political life, Levin finds it difficult to listen because Nikolai looks... (full context)
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Over dinner, Nikolai discusses his socialist views, growing heated in his dismissal of institutions, and Levin is uncomfortable when he recognizes his own views coming out of the mouth of his... (full context)
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As soon as Levin returns to the country, he feels like himself again. His dog, Laska, runs to greet... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 27
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Even though Levin’s house is large, he heats and occupies all of it. He wants to recreate the... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 2
...Vronsky in the first place. Dolly believes that Kitty is so unhappy because she refused Levin and trusted Vronsky. (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 12
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Levin is still dejected and embarrassed over Kitty’s rejection of him, but he continues to keep... (full context)
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...has returned to the farm, with sticky new buds on the birches and baby animals. Levin begins writing a book on farming, praising the “known, immutable character of the worker.” (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 13
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It’s spring, and Levin is full of new energy and plans, just like his plants and animals. But he... (full context)
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Levin tries to order his steward to fix the situation––hire more workers, plant earlier, fix the... (full context)
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Oblonsky pays Levin an unexpected visit at his estate, and Levin is pleased to see him. Oblonsky has... (full context)
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Levin and Oblonsky go shooting, and Levin finally works up the courage to ask Oblonsky directly... (full context)
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Levin begins to ask Oblonsky for details about Kitty’s situation but then cuts him off, saying... (full context)
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Levin dislikes the dealer who is buying Oblonsky’s wood. The dealer tries to bargain down the... (full context)
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Oblonsky is cheerful after the sale of his wood, but Levin is even more out of sorts: he has become extremely agitated by the news that... (full context)
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...he doesn’t care, because that’s the way of the world: noblemen spend money somewhat carelessly. Levin, however, is irritated. He thinks that it’s all right for noblemen to spend lots of... (full context)
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Levin asks Oblonsky about Vronsky. Oblonsky says that Vronsky is the perfect aristocrat, and Levin disagrees,... (full context)
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...Kitty likes them from afar, she is repulsed when she discovers who they are: Nikolai, Levin’s brother, and Marya, the prostitute he treats as a wife. (full context)
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As a rest from his intellectual life, Koznyshev, Levin’s half-brother, decides to visit Levin in the country. Levin feels awkward in the country with... (full context)
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Koznyshev sees Levin as good-hearted, but too prone to contradictions; Levin sees Koznyshev as an intellectual who lacks... (full context)
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Agafya, Levin’s old nurse and current housekeeper, dislocates her wrist, and Koznyshev befriends the attending doctor, who... (full context)
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Koznyshev lectures Levin for withdrawing from the local district affairs, but Levin is more concerned with the ploughing... (full context)
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Levin argues that even though zemtsvo institutions sound good philosophically, in practice, they are unnecessary: schools... (full context)
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...the emancipation of the serfs was contrary to self-interest but was still a good thing, Levin retorts that the emancipation was a matter of lifting the yoke of the noblemen, but... (full context)
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During the argument with his brother, Levin has been distracted by the question of whether or not he should mow alongside the... (full context)
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After breakfast in the house, Levin returns to the fields to mow. The longer he mows, the more natural he feels.... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 6
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They finish mowing the meadow. Levin reluctantly returns to his house and boasts to Koznyshev about finishing the meadow. Levin eats... (full context)
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Koznyshev says that the main disagreement between Levin and himself is that whereas Levin takes personal interest as the main motive, Koznyshev thinks... (full context)
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Dolly and the children return from the bathing house to find that Levin has arrived. Although Levin feels somewhat uncomfortable that Oblonsky has sent him, he is tactful,... (full context)
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Dolly broaches the subject of Kitty, and Levin’s hope begins to re-emerge. Dolly thinks that Kitty’s refusal of Levin’s proposal at the time... (full context)
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Levin manages his sister’s estate as well as his own, and he has to make sure... (full context)
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Levin feels enveloped in simultaneous merriment and yearning when he hears the peasants’ singing. He wonders... (full context)
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After his night on the haystack, Levin now loathes the farming he once loved: by spending time as one of the peasants,... (full context)
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Levin is also uncomfortable because Kitty is just twenty miles away, and he wants to see... (full context)
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On the way to Sviyazhsky’s house, Levin stops at the home of a wealthy peasant so his horses can feed. The old... (full context)
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Levin has not visited Sviyazhsky in some time because his friend has a sister-in-law whom he... (full context)
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Sviyazhsky, Levin, and two old-fashioned landowners discuss farming and peasant life. One of the landowners says that... (full context)
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...that Russia should adopt some of the new forms that have taken off in Europe. Levin argues that Russia should develop Russian forms. But before Levin can probe too much into... (full context)
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Later, Levin starts up the discussion of peasant reforms again with Sviyazhsky. Sviyazhsky says he doesn’t know... (full context)
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That night, as Levin tosses and turns, he realizes that farming only works when the peasants are incentivized to... (full context)
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Executing his plan is difficult. Levin tells the peasants that they will get to keep shares of the profits on the... (full context)
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At the end of September, Levin’s plan appears to be working, and he is eager to disseminate his ideas throughout Russia... (full context)
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The guest is Levin’s brother Nikolai, who is thin and wasted, although he claims that his health is improved.... (full context)
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The next morning, Nikolai is irritable. Levin wishes that he and Nikolai could have a frank conversation about Nikolai’s inevitable death. Nikolai... (full context)
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...necklace, then goes to the market to shop for the dinner party. Along with Karenin, Levin and Kitty will be coming to dinner; Koznyshev will be there as well, and Oblonsky... (full context)
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Oblonsky speaks briefly with Levin, who begins telling him all about workers in Europe, saying that there is no worker... (full context)
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...arrives, things seem stiff and awkward, but Oblonsky mingles and puts people at ease. When Levin arrives, all he can concentrate on is seeing Kitty again, whom he hasn’t talked to... (full context)
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Meanwhile, Kitty and Levin have their own conversation, though the general one should have interested them. Levin says that... (full context)
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After the men talk, Levin goes to the drawing room, where he knows Kitty is, and they communicate in a... (full context)
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Levin is extremely happy. In a daze, he goes to a council meeting with Koznyshev, where... (full context)
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At dawn, Levin walks to Kitty’s house, feeling wonderful. He and Kitty kiss. Upon hearing the news, Prince... (full context)
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...the logistics of the marriage, which feels strange and almost painful in the ecstatic moment. Levin thinks they should be wed immediately, but the Princess insists on proper preparation, and everyone... (full context)
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Levin has decided that even though it’s painful for him, he must tell Kitty that he... (full context)
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...to hold the wedding before Lent and begins preparing part of the trousseau at once. Levin’s bliss persists. To get married, Levin must take communion, which involves an elaborate ordeal of... (full context)
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On the day of his wedding, Levin is not allowed to see Kitty, so he dines with three bachelor friends. The men... (full context)
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...moment, but they do not enter. Kitty has been ready for a long while, but Levin paces back and forth. As it turns out, Levin’s valet has forgotten a clean shirt.... (full context)
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Everyone says that Kitty looks far less pretty than usual at the altar, but Levin thinks she looks beautiful. Levin's lateness is forgiven by all when he explains the shirt... (full context)
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...women gossip about the ceremony; they agree that Kitty does not look well, but that Levin does not deserve her. Dolly recalls other beautiful weddings of first innocent love, including her... (full context)
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...the head of the family, but no one can tell who stepped on it first. Levin and Kitty are joyous through the prayers. After the wedding supper, the couple leaves for... (full context)
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After being married for three months, Levin is happy, but the reality of marriage is nothing like the way he’d imagined it,... (full context)
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Kitty and Levin have just returned from a trip to Moscow, and they are in the study. Levin... (full context)
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Kitty thinks that Levin is jealous of a prince who flirted with her in Moscow. She looks at the... (full context)
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At tea, Kitty reads a letter from Dolly. Levin has a letter from Marya, Nikolai’s on-again mistress, saying that Nikolai is very ill. Levin... (full context)
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...staying is pretentious yet dirty and dingy. Marya is embarrassed by the sight of Kitty. Levin goes in to see him first alone. Nikolai looks terrible: the room is disgusting, and... (full context)
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Levin can’t bear to be with Nikolai, but he can’t bear to not be there. Kitty,... (full context)
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Although Levin thinks he is more intelligent than Kitty or Agafya, he realizes that they have a... (full context)
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...a ruse for Kitty’s sake. That evening, Marya tells them that Nikolai is dying, and Levin and Kitty rush over. Levin stays by his brother’s side all night; however, Nikolai does... (full context)
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Ten days after Levin and Kitty have rushed over, Kitty become sick and vomits. That night, she visits Nikolai.... (full context)
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...of money and attention, Dolly and the children are spending the summer with Kitty and Levin. Kitty is pregnant. Kitty and Dolly’s mother, as well as Kitty’s friend Varenka, are also... (full context)
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...this event was unfortunate for Anna; Kitty, however, says she refuses to think about this. Levin comes in, and he and Kitty join the mushroom-hunting expedition. (full context)
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Kitty asks Levin what he thinks about the possibility of Koznyshev and Varenka as a match. Levin says... (full context)
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Levin says that he is happy in marriage but dissatisfied with his own work; though he... (full context)
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...immediately by Varenka’s calm manner that they are not engaged, and she says so to Levin. (full context)
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...not. Kitty’s mother is sad that she has no more children left in the house. Levin leaves to give Grisha, one of the Oblonsky children, his Latin lesson; after having been... (full context)
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Oblonsky arrives: not with the Prince, however, but with a handsome young man named Veslovsky. Levin is jealous and unhappy that Kitty is smiling and seeming to enjoy the handsome stranger’s... (full context)
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...he’s been to see Anna and that she and Vronsky are just fifty miles away. Levin interprets every innocuous move Kitty makes as being a sign of her love for Veslovsky.... (full context)
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...his brand-new gun; Oblonsky has the well-weathered clothes and excellent gun of a seasoned hunter. Levin, late to leave because he keeps talking to Kitty, is very excited and eager for... (full context)
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They come to a small marsh and Levin wants to continue, but the other men insist on shooting there; Levin waits with the... (full context)
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...and they arrive at the big marsh while it’s still too hot to shoot. Both Levin and Oblonsky plot separately how they might rid themselves of the bumbling Veslovsky; Oblonsky manages... (full context)
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Levin and Oblonsky join Veslovsky at a peasant’s cottage, where Veslovsky is enjoying himself tremendously. They... (full context)
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The next morning, Levin wakes up early, but he can’t wake up the other two men, so he goes... (full context)
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After a successful early morning hunt, Levin returns to camp, very pleased with his success; his pleasure is underscored when he discovers... (full context)
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The next morning, Levin shows Veslovsky around the estate, after which Veslovsky speaks to Kitty in the drawing room,... (full context)
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...Kitty feel very unpleasant, because she can’t help but feel guilty, and she knows that Levin will interpret their interaction negatively—which he does. Kitty and Levin go into the garden to... (full context)
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Levin finds Dolly, who is punishing her daughter for some misdemeanor. Dolly says that everyone has... (full context)
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Dolly goes to see Anna, using Levin’s carriage (Levin insists, as a good host). During the drive, she has time to think... (full context)
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...a notorious sponger. Vronsky’s party has an elegant carriage, which forms a sharp contrast against Levin’s ill-matched carriage that Dolly is riding in. Dolly and Anna ride in Dolly’s carriage back... (full context)
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...of Dolly’s room, it’s extremely beautiful. Dolly says that she’s been quite happy staying with Levin and Kitty. (full context)
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...but Anna thinks she’s kind. Anna is wryly amused by the fight between Veslovsky and Levin, because Veslovsky, she says in French, seems so simple and nice. (full context)
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When the conversation turns to Levin, Dolly defends him. Vronsky has many responsibilities in government, to Anna’s chagrin. Dolly feels uncomfortable... (full context)
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The next morning, Dolly returns to Levin’s estate. During the ride home, her servants agree with her that the Vronsky estate is... (full context)
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Vronsky, Oblonsky, Levin, Sviyazhsky, and Koznyshev, among others, are all eligible to vote in the provincial elections. Vronsky... (full context)
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In September, Levin moves to Moscow for Kitty’s confinement before she has her baby; he is bored and... (full context)
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...appear outwardly divided into old and young, but these divisions don’t match with party lines. Levin doesn’t completely understand what’s going on, but he realizes that there is controversy over several... (full context)
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As the men prepare to cast their votes, Levin realizes that there is some sort of heated debate around whether or not Flerov should... (full context)
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In the room for smoking and refreshments, the men are talking excitedly. Levin doesn’t want to join in, and he doesn’t want to talk to his own people,... (full context)
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Sviyazhsky brings Levin back to their group. Levin knows so little about politics that when he asks who... (full context)
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The men scatter. Koznyshev chastises Levin for being so rude and bumbling. Levin thinks that he should know about some subtlety... (full context)
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...Vronsky’s that night. Vronsky is very pleased with his own political prowess: every nobleman besides Levin that he has met during the elections has become his ally, and he’s flush with... (full context)
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...is calm and happy, already in love with the child. Kitty’s only concern is that Levin is anxious and jumpy in the city. In the country, Levin is constantly occupied, but... (full context)
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...evening, Kitty meets Vronsky again; though she blushes at first, she comports herself well. Although Levin is angry at first when she tells him, he quickly cheers up completely because he... (full context)
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Kitty tells Levin to call on friends, though Levin still dislikes making social calls. She also tells Levin... (full context)
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Levin drives into town to meet with Katavasov, a friend from his university days; Katavasov has... (full context)
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Katavasov introduces Levin to Metrov and tells Metrov about Levin’s book on the natural conditions of the worker... (full context)
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Levin goes to visit Prince Lvov, who is married to Kitty’s sister, Natalie. The families are... (full context)
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At the concert, a new fantasia called “King Lear on the Heath” is performed, and Levin wants to form his own opinion of it, but as he listens, he feels like... (full context)
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Levin calls on Kitty’s friend for as brief a time as possible and then goes to... (full context)
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Though Levin has not been to the club in a long time, the porter knows exactly who... (full context)
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Kitty’s father asks Levin how he likes the idle life at the club. He points out all the old... (full context)
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When Levin is in the carriage, he begins to have second thoughts about going to visit Anna,... (full context)
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Levin sees the portrait of Anna done in Italy by Mikhailov, the painter, and he is... (full context)
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Levin feels at ease in Anna’s company. He praises paintings that prize realism rather than invention.... (full context)
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On the way home, Levin obsessively thinks about Anna. He tells Kitty that he has reconciled with Vronsky, and admits,... (full context)
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Anna knows she’s been successful in making Levin fall in love with her, as she’s been successful with every young man she’s come... (full context)
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At five in the morning, Levin awakens to find Kitty walking around; she says she is fine, but two hours later,... (full context)
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The doctor is not awake when Levin arrives, so Levin fetches the opium from the apothecary, then returns for the doctor; at... (full context)
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As Kitty’s labor continues, Levin grows more and more frantic; after her final, loudest shrieks, all he wants is for... (full context)
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As Levin talks to Kitty’s father and Oblonsky, all he can think about is Kitty and his... (full context)
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...Anna, when she sees Anna, her hostility immediately disappears. Anna, cruelly, sends her regards to Levin, and Kitty blushes, but remains calm and compassionate. (full context)
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...issues, and he pours himself into the popular cause. In July, he decides to visit Levin for a rest in the country. Levin’s friend from university, Katavasov, joins him. (full context)
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...encourages him to make a speech as well, but Koznyshev says he’s leaving to visit Levin at Levin’s country place. Oblonsky tells Koznyshev to say hello to Dolly and to tell... (full context)
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Kitty greets Koznyshev and Katavasov when they arrive at Levin’s house. She is sitting with her father and sister, and Levin is not at home.... (full context)
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Kitty hears the guests laughing and is somewhat vexed that Levin isn’t there. Levin has been spending a great deal of time at the apiary with... (full context)
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Ever since Nikolai’s death, Levin has pondered life and death; he is afraid of his ignorance of death. Though marriage... (full context)
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Levin immerses himself in the classics of continental philosophy: Plato, Spinoza, Hegel, etc. While he’s reading,... (full context)
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When Levin thinks about life, he falls into a paralytic despair, but when he just goes on... (full context)
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The day Koznyshev arrives is one of Levin’s most tormenting days. It is one of the most pressing work seasons, and as Levin... (full context)
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Levin feels as though his conversation with the peasant has sparked his soul: when the peasant... (full context)
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Levin remembers watching Dolly’s children gleefully roasting raspberries and squirting milk, thus wasting the food, and... (full context)
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Lying on his back, Levin looks at the flat sky; even though he knows that space is infinite, all he... (full context)
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Levin declares that he will never argue with anyone again and almost immediately snaps at the... (full context)
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Levin asks a peasant what he thinks about the war and whether or not he’s heard... (full context)
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...say the same thing, but that that doesn’t necessarily express the will of the people. Levin pipes in to say that war with the Turks would mean that people wouldn’t just... (full context)
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...home just in time: the rain starts as soon as they step on the porch. Levin asks Agafya where Kitty and Mitya are; Agafya says that they’re still in the woods.... (full context)
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Throughout the rest of the day, everyone—especially Levin—is in the best of spirits. Koznysehv expounds on political questions, and everyone listens delightedly; Levin... (full context)
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Levin watches the storm as it fades into the distance: at each bolt of lightning, the... (full context)