Anna Karenina Part 5, Chapter 8 Summary

Leo Tolstoy

Part 5, Chapter 8 Summary

After leaving her husband and recovering her health, Anna Karenina feels “unpardonably happy” about her life. The thought of her husband’s unhappiness should poison that happiness, but it does not. While her husband’s wretchedness is too awful for her to think about, Alexey Alexandrovitch’s misery gives her too much happiness to feel any regret. Everything that happened after her illness seems a dream to her now. The reconciliation with her husband, the subsequent breakdown of that reconciliation, the news of Vronsky’s self-inflicted wound, the preparations for divorce, the departure from her home, the parting from her son—all of these things are like a delirious dream. She feels nothing but repulsion for these...

(The entire section is 555 words.)