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Quote #10

Anna Sergeyevna has recently married again, not for love but out of conviction (that it was the reasonable thing to do) a man who promises to be one of the future leaders of Russia, a very able lawyer possessed of vigorous practical sense, a strong will and remarkable gifts of eloquence. He is quite young still, kind-hearted and cold as ice. They live in the greatest harmony together, and may live to attain happiness... or even love. (28.9)

Does Anna Sergeyevna's behavior in the story make this future predictable? Why do you think she is attracted to excessively rational men? What is it about her that makes her incapable of love? What's the difference between harmony and love? Do you think it's possible to fall in love with someone after you marry them?

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