by Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina Part 1, Chapter 18 Summary
- Vronsky follows the conductor into the car, looking for his mother.
- On his way in, a woman walks past him. She merits a second glance because of the expression on her face. She's tender, sweet, beautiful, and radiates life.
- Vronsky finds his mother, the Countess Vronsky, and while he talks to her, he eavesdrops on the woman who just passed him.
- He realizes that it's Anna, Oblonsky's sister and Karenin's wife.
- Vronsky helps her find Oblonsky.
- After Anna finds her brother, she comes back to say good-bye to the Countess. The two of them had been chatting about their sons during the entire train ride from Petersburg. Anna has an eight-year old son, Seryozha, whom she's never left behind before.
- The Countess tells Anna that she has fallen in love with her.
- Vronsky makes small talk with his mother, and they prepare to leave the station.
- Their departure is interrupted by a commotion. A guard was drunk and didn't hear the train; he was run over by the car.
- Vronsky and Oblonsky see the body and tell the women that the guard's wife has flung herself on his body. Apparently, the guard was the family's sole provider.
- Anna asks if something can be done for the family.
- Vronsky disappears.
- We find out that he has given two hundred rubles to the widow.
- The Vronskys leave.
- As Anna and her brother leave, they hear people gossip about the death. Anna is visibly disturbed.
- Anna asks her brother about Vronsky, but doesn't pursue the matter. Instead, she asks about his problems at home.
- Oblonsky takes her to his house, and then goes off to the office.
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