Part 3, Chapter 32 Summary
Nikolay’s gentleness does not last long. The next morning he begins to show his irritability and find fault with his brother. Levin blames himself and does not know how to make things right between them. He feels as if they each need to speak honestly about what they are feeling and thinking—then Levin could acknowledge that his brother is dying and Nikolay could say he is afraid. Nothing more would have to be said for them to know what is in one another’s hearts. But that is not possible, so things continue miserably for both of them; the falseness of one is detected by the other until both are exasperated.
On the third day of his visit, Nikolay induces Levin to tell him again of his plan for agricultural...
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