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Anna Karenina

Anna Karenina

by Leo Tolstoy

Anna Karenina Part 7, Chapter 20 Summary

  • Oblonsky takes full advantage of the pleasures of Petersburg, which he finds liberating in comparison to those of Moscow.
  • In particular, Oblonsky likes the Petersburg attitude towards money: large debts are not a problem.
  • Oblonsky pays Princess Betsy a call, and goes a little too far in his flirtations. (In other words, the man either has to make a move or risk insulting Betsy.) Luckily Princess Myagky drops in and inquires after Anna, saying that she's entirely on Anna's side.
  • Oblonsky tells Princess Myagky of Karenin's response to requests for a divorce, and the Princess tells Oblonsky that Karenin's decision will rest on Jules Landau, a celebrated clairvoyant.
  • Apparently Countess Lydia and Karenin make all their decisions after consulting him.

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