Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

Karenin, Anna’s husband, is a high-ranking, wealthy government official. His primary concern throughout the novel is to uphold his reputation in society: he would rather remain in a loveless marriage that appears fine from the outside, even if it’s crumbling from within, than risk his reputation with divorce and scandal, even if that is the more emotionally honest route to take. Whereas Vronsky is youthful, vigorous, and handsome, Karenin is older and stiffer: for example, he has bad teeth and ears that stick out, while Vronsky’s robust teeth show that he is at the pinnacle of health. Karenin is also deeply superstitious and is swayed by Countess Lydia’s hocus-pocus spiritualism. Although Karenin is often cold and emotionless, and although Anna views him as a hypocrite, Karenin does prove to have some dignity and pride: he forgives Anna when she has baby Annie and adopts the daughter as legally his own, even though she is Vronsky’s child.

Count Alexei Alexandrovich Karenin Quotes in Anna Karenina

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Part 1, Chapter 32 Quotes

And the son, just like the husband, produced in Anna a feeling akin to disappointment. She had imagined him better than he was in reality. She had to descend to reality to enjoy him as he was.

Related Characters: Anna Arkadyevna Karenina, Count Alexei Alexandrovich Karenin, Sergei Alexeich (Seryozha) Karenin
Page Number: 107
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Part 4, Chapter 12 Quotes

“I cannot forgive, I do not want to, and I consider it unjust. I did everything for that woman, and she trampled everything in the mud that is so suitable to her. I am not a wicked man, I have never hated anyone, but I hate her with all the strength of my soul, and I cannot even forgive her, because I hate her so much for all the evil she has done me!”

Related Characters: Count Alexei Alexandrovich Karenin (speaker), Anna Arkadyevna Karenina
Page Number: 394
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Count Alexei Alexandrovich Karenin Character Timeline in Anna Karenina

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Part 1, Chapter 5
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Oblonsky got his job through Anna’s husband, Karenin, though he wouldn’t have had a difficult time finding a similar post in many places,... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 30
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...she notices are his unsightly ears. She is painfully aware of her dissatisfaction with both Karenin and herself. (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 31
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...an actual husband in the flesh, but Vronsky can tell that she does not love Karenin. (full context)
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Anna introduces Vronsky and Karenin to each other, and Vronsky asks if he might call on the Karenins. Karenin agrees,... (full context)
Part 1, Chapter 33
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Karenin is an extremely busy and punctual man. He and Anna typically dine with several people.... (full context)
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When Karenin returns home, she tells him about her journey to Moscow. Karenin says that he cannot... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 4
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...part of the best social circle in Petersburg and has particular friends in three subdivisions: Karenin’s official career social group; the unattractive but virtuous group with Countess Lydia at its center;... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 6
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...the opera, Princess Betsy hosts her social set at her house. Before Vronsky, Anna, and Karenin arrive, several people gossip about the love triangle. Another society lady defends Anna, deriding Karenin... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 7
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Karenin arrives at the party, but Vronsky and Anna continue to sit apart. The entire room... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 8
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Although Karenin found nothing improper with his wife and Vronsky sitting privately, he realizes that everyone else... (full context)
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Karenin paces back and forth, trying to figure out what to say. He composes a speech... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 9
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When Anna returns home, she remarks to Karenin that she is surprised he isn’t in bed. Karenin says that they must talk. Although... (full context)
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Karenin warns Anna that she has been too carefree and animated in her interactions with Vronsky.... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 10
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The argument between Anna and Karenin has marked a change in their relationship. Anna spends more and more time with Princess... (full context)
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Anna has a recurring dream in which she is married to both Karenin and Vronsky, and though the situation seems wonderful in the dream, it haunts her like... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 23
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Vronsky stresses to Anna that he thinks she should confess everything to Karenin and leave him. Anna does not want to run away, however, because she does not... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 26
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Externally, the relationship between Karenin and Anna appears the same as ever. Internally, however, he is vexed and feels chilly... (full context)
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Karenin makes it a point to go to the country once a week. He also makes... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 27
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Just before the race, Anna is getting ready, and she is surprised to see Karenin appear at the country house. Anna asks Karenin to spend the night, although she doesn’t... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 28
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Anna is already at the races when Karenin arrives, and though she pretends not to see him, Princess Betsy calls him over, and... (full context)
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During the officers’ steeplechase, Karenin only has eyes for Anna, but Anna only has eyes for Vronsky, and despite not... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 29
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During the carriage ride home, Karenin rebukes Anna for behaving improperly. When Anna does not respond for a moment, Karenin thinks... (full context)
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Karenin stiffly asks Anna to keep up appearances. Anna receives a note from Vronsky saying that... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 13
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The normally cool and collected Karenin loses all ability to reason when he watches a woman or child cry. When Anna... (full context)
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Karenin muses about female infidelity in society. He dismisses the idea of a duel with Vronsky.... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 14
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When he arrives in Petersburg, Karenin goes straight to his study and writes Anna a letter in French, requesting that she... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 15
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...and despite what is to come, Anna is glad that she confessed the affair to Karenin and relieved that she will not need to lie. However, the next morning, she is... (full context)
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...to Moscow that day, taking only themselves and Seryozha’s nurse. Anna writes a note to Karenin explaining that she is leaving for Moscow with their son. She begins a letter to... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 16
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As the house is preparing for Anna to leave for Moscow, Karenin’s letter arrives, and Anna is horrified when she reads that he demands that she return... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 22
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...He is joyful and eager to see her. Anna informs Vronsky that she has told Karenin everything. Vronsky immediately believes that a duel is inevitable, but Anna misinterprets his stern expression... (full context)
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Vronsky says that Anna must divorce Karenin. Anna says that this is impossible because of her son. Anna and Vronsky both feel... (full context)
Part 3, Chapter 23
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Karenin successfully has his proposal approved at the commission meeting, and the entire office can talk... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 1
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Though Anna and Karenin continue to live together formally, they are completely estranged; Vronsky never visits the Karenin house,... (full context)
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...a note from Anna one evening requesting that he meet her at her home while Karenin is out. Before the rendezvous, Vronsky falls asleep and has an ominous dream about a... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 3
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...and Vronsky call it “the demon”), and she tries to quash it. Anna can imitate Karenin flawlessly, which makes them both laugh. She calls him a puppet, not a man. (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 4
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After Karenin sees Vronsky, Karenin goes to the opera, is seen by the requisite members of society,... (full context)
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Karenin is so furious that he can barely speak. He finally manages to tell Anna that... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 5
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Karenin goes to a famous Petersburg lawyer. Although the waiting room is full, when Karenin presents... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 6
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A commission report supports Karenin’s political views, but a rival of Karenin’s proposes an extreme version of Karenin’s ideas, which... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 7
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...a 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... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 8
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That morning, Karenin receives a delegation from the racial minorities in the provinces; he also writes a letter... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 9
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...since the failed proposal, and they are both very emotional. Oblonsky takes Levin to meet Karenin, but Levin and Karenin, as it happens, had met previously once, on a train. Kitty... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 10
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Karenin, Koznyshev, and another guest continue their discussion of politics. They also debate the merits of... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 12
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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... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 17
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After the dinner party, Karenin broods over the interaction with Dolly and the conversation about infidelity, in particular one man’s... (full context)
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Though Karenin initially thinks Anna is lying just to get him to legitimize the child she is... (full context)
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Anna calls for Vronsky, who enters hiding his face in his hands. Anna asks Karenin to forgive them both, which he does. Anna cries out for morphine, thrashing in pain.... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 18
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...rules by which he leads his life, the cuckolded husband is a pathetic creature, but Karenin has acted nobly and with dignity. Vronsky feels that he has been made ridiculous, and... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 19
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Anna survives. Karenin had not considered that Anna might not die, but he still retains the spiritual joy... (full context)
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The baby may just have been hungry due to a dry wet nurse, which irritates Karenin, since he thinks Anna should be taking better care of her daughter. Karenin overhears Anna... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 20
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When Karenin returns from talking to Betsy, Anna has been crying. He tells her that he is... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 21
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...with her, and they discuss Anna. They agree that Anna is wasting away and that Karenin is stifling her. Oblonsky is in a merry mood, but when he goes to visit... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 22
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Oblonsky feels, unusually for him, embarrassed when he goes to talk to Karenin. Oblonsky begins to talk about Anna, but Karenin hands him a letter that says that... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 23
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...so humiliated, but he does realize that he can no longer stand between Anna and Karenin: they must reconcile. He accepts a new post in the middle of Russia and prepares... (full context)
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Betsy tells Vronsky that Karenin is granting Anna a divorce, and Vronsky rushes to visit the Karenins’ house. He and... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 21
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Karenin has acquiesced to all of Anna’s wishes, and he finds himself abandoned and disgraced in... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 22
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Countess Lydia calls on Karenin and offers herself as a confidant. Karenin is clearly in grief. She offers many trite... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 23
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...Lydia falls in love with distinguished men all the time; now, she’s in love with Karenin. Lydia discovers that Vronsky and Anna are in Petersburg, but hides the fact from Karenin.... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 24
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At the royal birthday reception, people gossip about Karenin: although he has just received an award, he has reached the cessation of his upward... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 25
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Lydia shows Karenin Anna’s letter, and Karenin is willing to grant Anna’s request, but Lydia talks him out... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 26
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...chats with the hall porter. He is merry: the next day is Seryozha’s birthday, and Karenin has just won an award. Seryozha daydreams about his father winning two awards even higher... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 27
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...Anna is still alive, and he loves her too much to think that she’s bad. Karenin speaks almost abstractedly to Seryozha, as though addressing an imaginary boy, and gives him his... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 28
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...Vronsky and Anna spend their stay in Petersburg as though it is a foreign city. Karenin’s name seems to arise everywhere. (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 29
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...outcast in society will make this extremely difficult to do. Anna, learning that Lydia and Karenin are close, writes Lydia the letter, but Lydia sends no reply, which hurts Anna; the... (full context)
Part 5, Chapter 30
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...but he doesn’t understand why. Anna tells him to love his father, and they weep. Karenin comes in as they are saying goodbye, and though she has just told Seryozha that... (full context)
Part 6, Chapter 21
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...to legalize his arrangement with Anna; if they have more children, they are technically still Karenin’s now, but Vronsky sees himself and Anna as bound together. Anna needs to write a... (full context)
Part 6, Chapter 32
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...in Moscow, she will go with him. Anna says she will write the letter to Karenin asking for a divorce. Although Vronsky says that he doesn’t wish to be separated from... (full context)
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...is in a state of suspense: all she can do is wait to hear from Karenin. (full context)
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...with two ministers; while he’s there, he has promised Anna to get an answer from Karenin about the divorce. Oblonsky asks Karenin to put in a good word about him to... (full context)
Part 7, Chapter 18
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Oblonsky turns the subject to Anna and the divorce. Karenin says that he thought the matter was closed, since he refused to grant Anna custody... (full context)
Part 7, Chapter 19
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Before Oblonsky leaves, Anna’s son, Seryozha (now called Sergei Alexeich), comes in; Karenin says that the boy was very ill after seeing his mother and tells Oblonsky not... (full context)
Part 7, Chapter 20
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...tension. Oblonsky says he is to call at the Countess Lydia’s house to speak with Karenin that night, and Princess Miagky says that Jules Landau, a famous but possibly half-witted clairvoyant,... (full context)
Part 7, Chapter 21
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When Oblonsky arrives at Lydia’s, Karenin and the clairvoyant, Landau, are there. Countess Lydia speaks to Oblonsky about Karenin’s situation; Oblonsky... (full context)
Part 7, Chapter 22
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...He goes to the French Theatre to adjust back to normal society. The next day, Karenin sends Oblonsky his definitive word that he will not divorce Anna, likely because of something... (full context)
Part 7, Chapter 24
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...her death will make Vronsky love her and resolve the shame of her relations with Karenin and Seroyzha. Vronsky returns and mollifies Anna, agreeing to everything; Anna’s jealousy melts into a... (full context)
Part 7, Chapter 28
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...but Dolly comes out alone to receive Anna. Anna asks to read the letter that Karenin sent Oblonsky refusing the divorce, but when she reads it, she says nothing. Dolly says... (full context)
Part 8, Chapter 4
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...found out, galloped off to the station, and came back looking like a dead man. Karenin took custody of the daughter. Vronsky’s mother thinks that Anna is a terrible, irreligious woman... (full context)