From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
Vronsky's old friend, who is fond of launching into long lectures. He hangs out with Anna and Vronsky in Italy, but you kind of get the sense they hang out with him because there's no one else who will. He likes to flatter Vronsky.