Study Guide

Anna Karenina Part 6, Chapter 1

By Leo Tolstoy

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Part 6, Chapter 1

  • Since Dolly's own country house is still in ruins, she and the children are staying with Kitty and Levin.
  • Kitty's mother Princess Shcherbatsky is also staying with them, since she considers it her duty to help out during Kitty's first pregnancy.
  • Furthermore, Varenka (Kitty's thoughtful friend from the spa) kept her promise and is visiting Kitty.
  • The house is packed with Shcherbatskys.
  • Koznyshev (Levin's intellectual half-brother) is also staying the summer.
  • At dinner, the whole family discusses a mushroom hunting expedition.
  • Koznyshev surprises everyone by asking to go along. He looks at Varenka as he says this.
  • Kitty and Dolly make eye contact, both thinking the same thing.
  • Koznyshev goes mushroom hunting with Varenka.
  • Kitty whispers to her friend that she will be happy if a certain event comes to fruition.

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