by Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina Part 5, Chapter 12 Summary
- Anna and Vronsky get bored and take a look at a smaller painting, which they both find incredibly charming.
- Mikhailov had forgotten all about that painting because he had finished it three years ago – it's out only because some Englishman is expected to buy it.
- The painting is of two boys fishing. One boy is focused on drawing the float out from behind a bush, while the other boy is lying on the grass dreaming.
- Mikhailov feels uncomfortable looking at a painting completed so long ago, and he tries to get everyone to look at a different picture.
- After the visitors leave Mikhailov continues to work on Pilate's Admonition.
- Vronsky, Anna, and Golenishchev are animated on the way home, and talk at great length about the painter and his paintings. They are particularly impressed by the painting of the boys.
- Vronsky resolves to buy it.
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