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Anna Karenina Part 7, Chapter 18

By Leo Tolstoy

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Part 7, Chapter 18

  • Oblonsky then brings up the question of Anna's divorce, and he and Karenin discuss the issue.
  • What it comes down to is that Anna is no longer asking for custody of her son, Seryozha. Oblonsky argues that for Anna, the question of a divorce is a question of life or death. He compares her waiting for news of a divorce to a prisoner waiting for news of his acquittal or death sentence.
  • Oblonsky brings up Karenin's former Christian spirit of forgiveness, which clearly upsets Karenin. Karenin ushers Oblonsky out, promising that he'll think it over and give a definite answer the day after tomorrow.

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