Study Guide

Anna Karenina Part 3, Chapter 14

By Leo Tolstoy

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Part 3, Chapter 14

  • When Karenin arrives in Petersburg, he goes straight to his study and orders his servants not to admit anyone.
  • He writes Anna a letter expressing his confidence that she has repented of her actions and asking her to return to Petersburg as soon as possible. He encloses money.
  • Karenin is extremely pleased by the letter.
  • He sits down to enjoy a French book, but he looks at the portrait of Anna in his study and is distracted. She seems to be challenging him.
  • He goes back to his book but can't concentrate.
  • He begins thinking about some complicated official business.
  • After he writes out a summary of his ideas for fixing the problem, he feels good. The portrait no longer bothers him, and he can concentrate on his book.

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