Anna Karenina Part 7, Chapter 23 Summary

Leo Tolstoy

Part 7, Chapter 23 Summary

In a family, there must either be complete division or loving agreement. If the couple is vacillating, nothing will be accomplished or changed. Even if both are miserable, they will generally do nothing because they have neither complete agreement nor complete disagreement between them. Both Vronsky and Anna Karenina find life in Moscow impossible during the summer, but they do not go to the country. They stay in the place they both loathe because there is no agreement between them.

There is no external cause for their disagreement, and everything they do to ameliorate it only makes it worse. In fact, any attempts to come to an understanding create more irritation. She is convinced that Vronsky’s love is waning; he...

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