Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina


Leo Tolstoy

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Anna Karenina: Part 6, Chapter 8 Summary & Analysis

Early the next morning, before the ladies wake up, the men go out for their shooting expedition. Veslovsky wears brand-new clothes to go with his brand-new gun; Oblonsky has the well-weathered clothes and excellent gun of a seasoned hunter. Levin, late to leave because he keeps talking to Kitty, is very excited and eager for the shooting, and now he enjoys Veslovsky’s company, as Veslovsky is a well-bred dandy.
The world here is split into men’s and women’s domains: the women make jam on the terrace, the men go shooting. While Veslovsky dresses to act the part of the hunter, even though he clearly has no experience (a kind of comic exaggeration of Vronsky’s play-acting at being an artist in Italy), Oblonsky’s attire demonstrates his skill. Levin is now very animated, almost to the point of overeagerness, as he knows he’s good at hunting.
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