Part 4, Chapter 12 Summary
The discussion about the rights of women includes the inequality of their rights in marriage, but Stepan Arkadyevitch changes the subject while the women are present. When the ladies leave, Pestsov claims that the primary inequality between men and women in marriage is that the infidelity of women is punished differently than the infidelity of men, both by law and by public opinion. Stepan Arkadyevitch hurriedly interrupts him; however, Alexey Alexandrovitch remains calm, determined to show that he is unafraid of the subject.
Turovtsin, warmed by the wine he has drunk, joins the conversation and tells the men of the duel which had been fought earlier that day. Stepan Arkadyevitch is dismayed, fearing the conversation...
(The entire section is 541 words.)