Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina


Leo Tolstoy

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Anna Karenina: Part 6, Chapter 12 Summary & Analysis

The next morning, Levin wakes up early, but he can’t wake up the other two men, so he goes out hunting by himself. Levin and Laska search for snipe through the marsh; they are in perfect sync as they hunt, and Levin is able to snag several birds, particularly after a little boy runs up to him and says that duck had been spotted there yesterday.
When Levin is able to commune with the marsh by himself, without the distractions of society, he feels like himself again. Tolstoy provides a poetic meditation on the marsh and the communion between Levin and his dog, and Levin hunts well when he is at one with nature, when thinking and putting on airs are no longer interfering and distracting him.
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