Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

by

Leo Tolstoy

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Anna Karenina: Part 3, Chapter 5 Summary & Analysis

Summary
Analysis
After breakfast in the house, Levin returns to the fields to mow. The longer he mows, the more natural he feels. The only parts that remain difficult are when he has to mow around something unusual, forcing him to break his rhythm and think. Levin joins the peasants in their dinner. After a nap, Levin looks around, is impressed by all the work they have done; he is eager to mow even more.
Levin continues to be absorbed by the mowing; he feels in his element in the unconscious physical labor, only coming back to reality when the job forces him to think. Although he left the peasants for breakfast, he joins them for dinner. Levin is impressed by the work and eager to continue.
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