Part 4, Chapter 18 Summary
Alexey Alexandrovitch has said he forgives his wife unconditionally, will never abandon her, and will never speak a word of reproach to Vronsky, and this causes a turmoil of emotions in Vronsky. He feels disgraced, humiliated, guilty, and deprived of all possibility of washing away his humiliation. He feels as if all the rules he has lived by have suddenly become false and inapplicable. Alexey Alexandrovitch had been a weak and rather ludicrous figure, but he has now been elevated to “an awe-inspiring pinnacle” of honesty, grandness, and forgiveness. Even worse, Vronsky feels as if their positions have been reversed, and he is now the base character in this drama.
Vronsky is also miserable because his feelings for...
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