Anna Karenina Part 5, Chapter 11 Summary

Leo Tolstoy

Part 5, Chapter 11 Summary

As Mihailov admits the visitors into his studio, he captures subtle mental impressions of each of them. He remembers Golenishtchev, though he does not remember the man’s name, where they met, or what either of them said. All Mihailov remembers is his face, just as he remembers all the faces he has ever seen. The one thing he does remember about Golenishtchev’s face is that it belongs to the immense class of men who are “falsely consequential and poor in expression.”

Vronsky and Anna Karenina seem to Mihailov to be distinguished and wealthy Russians who know nothing about art, posing as connoisseurs. He assumes they have probably already examined everything in the world of antiques and are now beginning their...

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