Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina


Leo Tolstoy

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Anna Karenina: Part 5, Chapter 25 Summary & Analysis

Lydia shows Karenin Anna’s letter, and Karenin is willing to grant Anna’s request, but Lydia talks him out of it. Lydia writes Anna a stinging note of refusal in French, and the letter deeply offends Anna. Karenin feels miserable at home, though he is soon able to feel self-righteous again.
Karenin defers all personal matters to Lydia, putting up a wall and shutting himself away from his emotions, which Lydia is all too happy to help him do.
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