Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

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Anna Karenina Part 2, Chapter 19 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
On the day of the race, Vronsky eats lunch alone and schemes about how he can visit Anna to ask if she will come with him to the races. Though Vronsky is irritated when two younger officers speak to him, he welcomes the cavalry captain, a handsome, immoral man who is Vronsky’s best friend in the regiment; after lunch, the two men go to Vronsky’s for a drink.
Vronsky does not treat all people equally: he is short with his inferiors, yet when his immoral, handsome friend comes over, he fawns on him. Vronsky is preoccupied with himself and his own needs and desires rather than those of others.
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