Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

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Anna Karenina Part 4, Chapter 12 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
After dinner, the men’s conversation turns to infidelity, which makes Karenin uncomfortable. He and Dolly have a private discussion, and she begs him to talk to her about Anna. Karenin insists that he will divorce her, and though Dolly pleads with him to relent, he does not; instead, he bids her goodnight.
Though Dolly tries to make rationalizations for Anna, Karenin refuses to acknowledge any arguments on his wife’s behalf: he needs to insist to himself that he is unequivocally right and that Anna is unequivocally wrong.
Themes
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