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Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina


by Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina Part 2, Chapter 7 Summary

  • Someone is approaching the door, and Princess Betsy can tell that it's Anna. She looks over at Vronsky, who looks happy yet nervous.
  • Anna comes in and takes a seat.
  • The conversation turns to love.
  • The ambassador's wife says that the only happy marriages she knows are arranged marriages based on reason.
  • Vronsky argues with her, making the claim for passion.
  • Princess Betsy argues that you can only know love after correcting a mistake, and the rest of the company agrees that "it's never too late to repent" – even after marriage. Princess Betsy asks Anna for her opinion. Anna says she thinks that there are many kinds of love.
  • Vronsky visibly relaxes at this at this ambiguous statement.
  • Anna turns to him suddenly and says that she's just received word that Kitty Shcherbatsky is sick.
  • Vronsky asks for details. The two of them go off in a corner by themselves.
  • Anna reproaches Vronsky for his behavior towards Kitty, and tells him to go back to Moscow and ask Kitty to forgive him.
  • Vronsky says that she doesn't mean that.
  • She asks him to leave her alone.
  • He argues that he thinks of the two of them as one, meaning that he sees no peace for either of them, only happiness or unhappiness.
  • Anna tries to say the right thing, but can only look at him with eyes full of love.
  • They talk some more, and then Karenin, Anna's husband, joins the little party.
  • He talks to Princess Betsy, who draws him into conversation about universal military service.
  • Vronsky and Anna stay apart from everyone else in the room, which everyone except Karenin notices and feels uncomfortable about.
  • Trying to end this awkward situation, Princess Betsy gets Anna to join the general conversation.
  • Karenin suggests to Anna that the two of them go home together, but Anna says she's staying for dinner.
  • After dinner, Vronsky walks Anna out to her carriage.
  • He tells her that he wants her love, not her friendship.
  • Anna tells him that love means a lot to her.
  • Vronsky is happy, because he feels like he's made great advances in his pursuit of Anna.

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