Anna Karenina Part 5, Chapter 16 Summary

Leo Tolstoy

Part 5, Chapter 16 Summary

Levin joins his wife for tea, and Kitty is reading a letter from her sister Dolly. Agafea Mihalovna is also there, a testament to Kitty’s graciousness. After an uncomfortable beginning in which the housekeeper’s feelings were hurt by a new mistress taking over the duties of the house, Kitty has “conquered her and made her love her.” Kitty hands Levin a letter from Marya Nikolaevna, his brother Nikolay’s former mistress. This is the second letter he has received from her. In the first one, Marya assured him that Nikolay sent her away for no fault of hers, and though she was in want, all she was concerned about was that Nikolay was suffering without her help because his health was so poor. She begged Levin to look after...

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