Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

by

Leo Tolstoy

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Anna Karenina: Part 2, Chapter 31 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
Kitty asks her mother if she can be friends with Varenka, who is Madame Stahl’s companion (Madame Stahl is an invalid). Her mother is resistant at first, but when she learns that Varenka has intervened to salvage Nikolai’s reputation, she allows Kitty to befriend the girl. Kitty is delighted.
Kitty’s mother is reluctant to allow Kitty to befriend Varenka because Varenka is of a lower social status, but when she sees Varenka’s good example, she recognizes her worth.
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