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Anna Karenina Part 2, Chapter 12

By Leo Tolstoy

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Part 2, Chapter 12

  • Even after three months, Levin is still not over Kitty. He blushes every time he thinks about having been refused. He waits impatiently for news that she's been married, hoping that this will help him get over her.
  • Spring comes.
  • In the face of such beautiful weather, Levin resolves to lead a solitary and virtuous life.
  • He gets a letter from Masha saying that his brother Nicholas's health has deteriorated, but that Nicholas refuses to get treatment.
  • Levin goes to Moscow, convinces his brother to get treatment, and succeeds in lending him some money.
  • Levin spends his time farming, reading, and writing book on farming. His life is full—only rarely does he feel the need to discuss topics with someone other than Miss Agatha, his nurse.
  • Levin's book on farming begins with the premise that the science of farming should not be reduced to questions of soil and climate alone, but should also taken into account the "known, immutable" (2, 12, 3) character of the worker (about which he does not elaborate).

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