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The elder Prince and Princess Shcherbatsky in Anna Karenina

By Leo Tolstoy

The elder Prince and Princess Shcherbatsky

The elder Prince has much more sense than his wife, and he and his daughter, Kitty, have a close relationship. The Prince is humorous, good-natured, and likes Levin, while the Princess simply doesn't understand Levin. The Princess tends to be taken in by all fashionable aspects of society: being European, modern doctors, Vronsky, etc. The Prince, however, is old-fashioned and has more in the way of common sense.