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Anna Karenina Part 6, Chapter 11

By Leo Tolstoy

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Part 6, Chapter 11

  • Levin and Oblonsky meet up with Veslovsky at a peasant's hut. Veslovsky is in a merry mood.
  • None of them feels like going to sleep, so they tell stories.
  • This evolves into a discussion of luxury and privilege. Levin argues against money dishonestly obtained (i.e. money obtained without having to work for it), while Oblonsky says he's being too harsh.
  • Levin thinks that it's unfair that a peasant on his land makes fifty rubles, while Levin makes five thousand, but Oblonsky points out that Levin isn't about to give his estate away to the peasant.
  • This reflects the hostility that has lately characterized the relationship between the two brothers-in-law.
  • Levin wants to go to sleep in order to ensure an early start in the morning, but Oblonsky and Veslovsky go carousing. Veslovsky in particular has found a pretty maid with whom he wants to spend the night.

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