Anna Karenina Part 7, Chapter 25 Summary
by Leo Tolstoy

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Part 7, Chapter 25 Summary

After her reconciliation with Vronsky, Anna Karenina begins preparing for their departure. They had each conceded, so they may leave on Monday or Tuesday. (She now realizes it was possible to rearrange his meeting if he had wanted to.) When Vronsky joins her, she has several more pangs of doubt and resentment but the plan remains in place. At breakfast, Vronsky receives a telegram and hastily tries to get rid of it. Anna Karenina insists on reading it when she discovers it is from her brother in St. Petersburg.

Stepan Arkadyevitch writes that he is doing all he can but a divorce does not seem likely. Anna Karenina reads the telegram with trembling hands and reminds Vronsky that the divorce no longer means anything to her so he did not need to keep it from her. (She now realizes that Vronsky is a man who would hide correspondence from her.) The argument begins again: he wants definiteness; she cares only about love.

As they talk about love, their future together, and more children, the argument escalates. Anna Karenina does not understand why love is not enough and assumes his desire for more children is proof that Vronsky does not prize her beauty. Vronsky wants the divorce for her sake first of all, but she does not listen to his words and interprets anything he says to her own point of view.

She can see now that everything she does or says is an irritation to him, but that does not stop her. Anna Karenina says his mother is a heartless woman who is obviously trying to arrange a different match for her son; though Vronsky asks her not to speak disrespectfully of his mother, she continues her rant by saying she is not a good mother if she does not respect the choice her son has made. Their argument is mean and ugly and would have continued if Yashvin had not entered the room. While there is a “tempest in her soul” and she senses that this is a turning point in her life, Anna Karenina stays in the room, quells...

(The entire section is 537 words.)