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Anna Karenina Part 5, Chapter 2

By Leo Tolstoy

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Part 5, Chapter 2

  • On the day of the wedding, Levin is not allowed to see his bride.
  • Instead, he celebrates with his brother, Koznyshev, a college friend named Katavasov, and his best man, Chirikov.
  • The dinner is lots of fun—the jokes and conversation are lively.
  • Soon the men start giving Levin a hard time about the upcoming loss of his liberty, a concept that Levin doesn't understand, because he finds complete happiness in loving Kitty.
  • After the guys leave, Levin starts to freak out that Kitty doesn't love him and that she's just marrying him in order to get married.
  • He goes and finds her. She's sorting out old dresses to give away to those in need.
  • She assures him of her love, and five minutes later everything is fine.
  • Kitty's mother comes into the room and sends Levin home.
  • Levin is late preparing for the wedding. He orders Kuzma, his servant, to lay out his clothes.

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