Study Guide

Anna Karenina Part 6, Chapter 5

By Leo Tolstoy

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Part 6, Chapter 5

  • Koznyshev rehearses in his head exactly what he's going to say to Varenka.
  • Although in look and gesture it's obvious that they're both thinking of marriage, they make small talk about mushrooms.
  • They walk in silence until they reach a now-or-never moment.
  • Koznyshev rehearses again what he meant to say, takes a deep breath, opens his mouth, and asks Varenka about mushrooms.
  • She replies, all emotional.
  • Then there's a moment where it's like the balloon has completely deflated. All the pressure and excitement is gone.
  • On the way home, Koznyshev decides that he could not betray the memory of his childhood love.
  • Levin yells at the children to be careful of the pregnant Kitty.
  • Varenka and Koznyshev follow the children out of the woods, and Kitty immediately sees that Koznyshev and Varenka are not engaged.
  • She says as much to Levin.

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