Anna Karenina Part 5, Chapter 18 Summary

Leo Tolstoy

Part 5, Chapter 18 Summary

Levin finds it impossible to be calm and act naturally in his dying brother’s presence. He is inescapably aware of the awful sights and smells, and it never occurs to him that anything can be done to help or change these conditions. He does not think about his brother’s body lying all huddled up under a quilt or that it might be made more comfortable. In fact, Levin is absolutely convinced there is nothing which can be done to alleviate his brother’s suffering or prolong his life in any way. Unfortunately, Nikolay senses his brother’s feeling of helplessness and is exasperated by it, making everything even worse for Levin. Being in the sick room is agony to him; not being there is even worse. Levin is constantly leaving...

(The entire section is 560 words.)