Study Guide

Anna Karenina Part 2, Chapter 14

By Leo Tolstoy

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Part 2, Chapter 14

  • On his way home, Levin finds a surprise: Oblonsky has taken the train from Moscow to see Levin. Oblonsky says he has arrived to see Levin, do some shooting, and sell a forest.
  • The two men have a splendid dinner and great conversation, because they know each other so well.
  • Levin is afraid to ask if Kitty has been married.
  • At the end of supper, it becomes clear that Oblonsky has been having sex with women other than his wife. He makes an uncomfortable analogy between eating sweet rolls while also having a daily ration of bread. He won't accept life without love, Oblonsky tells Levin.
  • Levin listens attentively, but he can't understand the appeal of sleeping with women with loose morals.

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