Study Guide

Anna Karenina Part 1, Chapter 13

By Leo Tolstoy

Part 1, Chapter 13

  • Kitty is compared to a young man going into combat, as she prepares herself to go out to a party where she might receive a proposal of marriage.
  • Tonight is also the night when her two suitors, Levin and Vronsky, will meet one another for the first time.
  • Levin sits down with her and stammers out his proposal.
  • Kitty refuses him, saying, "It is impossible. Forgive me."