Anna Karenina Part 5, Chapter 31 Summary

Leo Tolstoy

Part 5, Chapter 31 Summary

Though she had prepared for it, Anna Karenina is stunned at how deeply seeing her son has affected her. She is too distracted to dress or eat, and only when the Italian nurse brings baby Anna to her does she exhibit some life. While she touches her happy and well fed little girl in all the affectionate and appropriate ways, Anna Karenina realizes more than ever that the feeling she has for this child cannot be called love when compared with what she feels for her son.

Everything about this baby girl is charming, but that is as far as it goes with Anna Karenina. The circumstances surrounding baby Anna’s birth had been painful, and for this little girl everything is still in the future. Though Seryozha had been born to...

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