Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

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Anna Karenina Part 2, Chapter 16 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Levin begins to ask Oblonsky for details about Kitty’s situation but then cuts him off, saying he has no right to know. He changes the subject to the forest that Oblonsky is selling. Levin knows that Oblonsky is getting a bad deal and is scornful of city folk who think they understand country life. Despite feeling bold after asking Oblonsky about Kitty, Levin now starts to sink into a bad mood.
Although Levin finally worked up the courage to ask about Kitty while the men were safely in the woods, when they begin to return to the world, he gets embarrassed again and sinks into a terrible mood. However, he does feel superior to city people who think they understand the country.
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Levin dislikes the dealer who is buying Oblonsky’s wood. The dealer tries to bargain down the price, but when Levin says that he’ll buy the forest himself, the dealer sticks with the original deal.
Levin is irritated by the dealer, whom he knows is attempting to swindle Oblonsky, and Levin demonstrates his superior knowledge of country matters.
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