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by Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina Part 4, Chapter 23 Summary
Even though Vronsky's bullet misses his heart, he's still dangerously injured. For several days, Vronsky hovers between life and death. When he regains consciousness, he no longer feels the shame and humiliation that led him to pull the trigger. He feels that he can look people in the eye again. However, he despairs that he has lost Anna forever. He knows he will not stand in the way of her being with her husband. Serpukhovskoy had arranged a post for him in Tashkent (a.k.a. the middle of nowhere in Russia), which he accepts. He begins making preparations for his departure. As he departure date draws closer, he wishes he could see Anna one last time, hence Betsy's request. He believes he is turned down. The next morning, Betsy comes to tell him that Karenin is giving Anna a divorce. Vronsky can go see her. Vronsky dashes out and goes straight to the Karenin house. He goes straight to Anna without noticing anything else and begins covering her in passionate kisses. Anna is overcome. Later, she says that there's something horrible in their happiness. Vronsky says it will only make their love stronger. At the end of their conversation, Anna returns to the idea that her death would have been the best outcome. Much to the dismay of his superiors, Vronsky refuses the post in Tashkent. Seeing his superiors' dismay, Vronsky resigns from the military. A month later, Anna and Vronsky decide that Anna shouldn't press for the divorce. Instead, they go abroad to Italy to find a rest cure for Anna (who is still weak). Karenin is left alone in the house.
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