Part 3, Chapter 21 Summary
Petritsky comes to get Vronsky for a party at the colonel’s, celebrating Serpuhovskoy’s arrival. He is a classmate who is now a general and expecting his own command. Vronsky tells himself that he is happy at having to sacrifice his ambition for love. Vronsky is genuinely glad for his friend’s success and is delighted to see him.
The singers and the band have begun the festivities, and there is plenty of dancing and drinking among the soldiers in attendance. Serpuhovskoy looks just the same to Vronsky except for a distinct air of contentment in success which Vronsky knows well. The two friends greet one another warmly but then get separated as the party progresses. Later they have a quiet moment to talk,...
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