Serpukhovskoy and Vronsky grew up with parallel lives in the regiment, but Serpukhovskoy has overtaken Vronsky career-wise: while Vronsky was focusing on his affair with Anna, Serpukhovskoy was moving forward with his ambitions. He represents a sort of parallel version of Vronsky, or what Vronsky would have been like had he not had the affair with Anna.
Serpukhovskoy Character Timeline in Anna Karenina
The timeline below shows where the character Serpukhovskoy appears in Anna Karenina. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 3, Chapter 20
...that his affair with Anna has distracted him from his career ambitions. His childhood friend Serpukhovskoy has just received promotions and awards, although he and Vronsky had been of the same... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 21
Petrisky comes into the cottage that he and Vronsky share and says that Serpukhovskoy has arrived; there is a raucous party for Serpukhovskoy at the commander’s house. Serpukhovskoy argues... (full context)